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Clinton Campaign Video Features Chicago Grooms-To-Be

By Jim Bochnowski in News on Apr 15, 2015 9:45PM

On Sunday, a short 576 days before the 2016 presidential election, noted Chicago native Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for America's worst job (long hours, constant performance reviews, angry coworkers) with a short video featuring the changing faces of America.

Around 50 seconds in, the video features a gay couple holding hands as one of the men mentions that "I’m getting married this summer to someone I really care about." To warm your cynical heart, the two men aren't actors, they're an actual real life Chicago couple. According to an interview with the Washington Blade, Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson were approached three weeks ago by a friend who works for Organizing for Action to be part of a video "affiliated with Hillary."

“When we were first contacted, they basically told us a little bit about what they would be doing and said they were interviewing people going through big changes in life and also said that it was something affiliated with Hillary, but didn’t exactly say what it would be,” Johnson told the Washington Blade on Sunday during a telephone interview. “So they just mainly wanted to hear our story about that and our life and decision to get married and how we’re dealing with that and how excited we are about that.”

The couple was surprised to see themselves pop up in the video, stating that "It was particularly moving to see Secretary Clinton feature a gay couple engaged to be legally married, the first of any major presidential candidate."

The happy couple are to be wed on July 19 in a park near Lake Michigan with a reception at the Center on Halsted. To thank Clinton for featuring them in her video, the couple has sent out an open invitation to their wedding:

Knowing how Hillary likes to get down, we think she'd be an excellent wedding guest.