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A Commercial That Wants You To Think About Marriage, The Foundation Of Family

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A new ad is playing on your television screens and it's looking to spark a conversation on marriage.
The North Dakota Family Alliance is broadcasting a commercial to get people talking about the foundation of a family and how that starts with marriage
right as the state confronts a lawsuit on how marriage is defined.

"Every child is born with a mom and dad and deserves to grow up with the benefits of that stability," is how the ad begins.

This is a commercial that's hitting your living rooms and igniting a conversation that North Dakota is currently challenged with, marriage and how to define it.

"We want to make sure people in North Dakota take a hard look, dig deep and understand what family is, what marriage is and really how important it is and to not only to them but to their children in future generations," Tom Freier with the North Dakota Family Alliance said.

The North Dakota Family Alliance, who promotes marriage between one man and one woman, made the ad to get people talking after noticing a change of the make up and view of saying "I do" and raising a family.

"Every child has a mom and a dad at birth and we believe they were created that way to have that benefit of a mother and father for their best interests," Freier said.

It's a change Monte Jones is a part of, marrying his boyfriend just three days ago in Moorhead and though he supports the idea of getting the conversation on family and marriage moving he said times are changing.

"There are lots of family units with two moms, two dads," Jones said. 

Seeing an overwhelming support from the Fargo-Moorhead community at his own wedding is proof to Jones that the ideas of family and marriage are strong not just with a man and a woman but two men or two women as well.

"A family unit no matter what kind as long as there is structure that it matters. As long as there is love in that unit," Jones said.

 North Dakota's same-sex marriage ban is being challenged by seven couples in the area who filed a lawsuit against the state in June.

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