Maryland Democrat Madaleno features same-sex kiss in ad for governor’s campaign

Sometimes, a kiss is more than just a kiss.

State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., a Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, has launched a television ad in which a kiss between him and his husband is portrayed as a statement of defiance against President Donald J. Trump. A leading gay rights organization says it is the first-ever kiss of a same-sex married couple in a U.S. political ad.

By late Thursday, the ad and the media coverage it spawned had gone viral. After the ad’s content was reported by The Baltimore Sun and Washington Post, the story was picked up by dozens of organizations, including USA Today, CBS News and The Daily Beast.

The openly gay former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, president of the LGBT Victory Fund, said the ad is a sign of changing times.

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