Thursday, April 24, 2014
A new social media campaign that will use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other outlets to rally young pro-gay-marriage supporters launched in four states today, including Maine.
The Four 2012 was co-founded by Brian Ellner, a longtime gay rights supporter who helped pass gay marriage in New York last year, according to a press release from the group.
"It's Facebook and Twitter meets Rock the Vote for marriage equality," he said in a statement. "We want to energize young pro-equality voters in the Google age."
Voters in Maine, Minnesota, Maryland and Washington state will consider same-sex marriage on Nov. 6. The Four released a new video today that uses the song "We are Young" by the indie-pop group fun. Yesterday, fun. announced that it was going to donate proceeds from a Portland concert in October to gay-marriage supporters in Maine.
The Four hopes supporters will share material with their friends through social media and that they will create their own videos to share with others. The group says it has $200,000 to spend and wants to raise additional money that will be donated directly to campaigns in the four states.Tweet
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