WOGPNews: The clever marketing team at Ikea have come up with a controversial novel ideal to sell stuff, Ikea is showing less of its stuff in its latest ad campaign, reports AdWeek, and what it’s showing instead is a more diverse selection of Ikea customers enjoying its stuff. For example, one ad features models playing a mixed race gay couple chilling on an Ikea sofa enjoying a cup of java and each other’s company in front of the television.
They’re hardly the first gay characters in an Ikea ad, of course. AdWeek reports that tradition dates way back to 1994. But what’s different is that they are part of a broader campaign to focus on people instead of just the merchandise, and the agency behind the ad gives a very affirming nod to marriage equality and equal rights with a prominent banner flying next to their couch, proclaiming “All homes are created equal.”
New Year's Eve is a special time for many, and for Craig Friesen and Matt Wiens, it was especially meaningful.
The Saskatoon couple was married on Dec. 31 in Osler, Sask., in the presence of family, friends, and the church community.
The men's wedding marks a point in history for the Mennonite denomination in Canada. Friesen and Wiens are the first same-sex couple publicly married in a Canadian Mennonite church.
"Our relationship doesn't feel different, but our relationship with our community and with our faith has changed at least a little bit. It was really beautiful and freeing," Friesen said.
Craig Friesen and Matt Wiens were married on New Year's Eve. (Rachel Bergen/CBC News)Friesen and Wiens are hopeful other LGBT Mennonites will learn from their example that they don't have to choose between their faith and their sexuality.
"Historically, the church has been oppressive to the queer community," Wiens said. Full story here<<<
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