WWII Veteran on Why Marriage Equality Matters (VIDEO)


Harlan Gardner of Machias, Maine, joined by four generations of his family, has recorded a special video in which he gives his reasons for supporting Maine’s marriage equality effort.

In the video Gardner, a World War II veteran, says that “marriage is a thing too precious not to share.” He goes on to say the fight for marriage equality “isn’t about politics; this is about family. This is how we as people treat one another.”

Watch the video below:

If marriage equality were to win in Maine it would be the first time voters have approved a same-sex marriage law at the ballot.


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Norma V.
Norma Villarreal3 years ago

Thank you Mr. Gardner. Freedom to marry who you love. It is not about politics but family.

Louise D.
Louise D.3 years ago

A reasoned and intelligent argument demolishes the gay baiting tactics of certain Politicians who seem to think gay relationships are about lust, so how exactly are they different from straight relationships then? The simple fact is that Gay marriage makes sense for so many reasons and Harlan Gardner managed to sum it up so well.

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks Steve for the article and the great video. Mr. Gardner is a true Gentleman and Patriot. He and his family are true Americans.

Carl Oerke
Carl O.3 years ago

Well said by a veteran of the Second World War. A man who left his home and family to serve our country overseas to defend our freedoms and liberties against violent opposition. A man who depply understands the importance of those freedoms and liberties that he risked his life to defend and protect. Well said. I hope many others listen to and heed your words.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago


Tammie Chambers
Tammie Chambers3 years ago

way to go gardner family

Jane H.
Jane H.3 years ago

Tears in my eyes also...beautiful.

Rana Newbury
Rana Newbury3 years ago

Glad to see I wasn't the only 1 who became weepy eyed watching this. Thank you sir for all you have done and continue to do.

Vance Daddi
Vance Daddi3 years ago

I would not add a single word to what Harlan Gardner said, it would only weaken his absolutely spot on message. What a truly beautiful human being.

Harlan, you the best.

tiffany t.
tiffany t.3 years ago

brought tears to my eyes, pure unconditional love