Gay Marriage Advocates Target Oklahoma

Monday, 05 May 2014 12:31 PM

By Lisa Degnen

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A group supporting gay marriage is using a retired Army colonel in a television ad airing in Oklahoma, Politico reported.

Col. Ed Cuyler and his wife are seen talking about their lesbian daughter Deedra and her partner, taking aim at the family values argument.

"When Deedra told me she was gay, as her dad, I was worried, because I wanted to protect her. Only marriage means the ability to take care of your family," the Purple Heart recipient says on the ad, which began running Monday, according to Politico.

The spot was created by the group Freedom to Marry, which aims to influence public opinion in order to legalize gay marriage across the country.

Oklahoma is facing a challenge to its ban on gay marriage, as are several other states, and is awaiting a ruling from the 10th Circuit Court.

A judge from Colorado may ultimately decide if Oklahoma can deny same-sex unions. According to The Associated Press, U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes from Colorado is considered the swing vote on the panel that will decide on the Oklahoma appeal and another case in Utah.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year, these are the first two cases to reach the appellate court. It will take several months to reach a verdict and may ultimately reach the Supreme Court for a final judgment.

A huge majority of Oklahoma citizens approved the ban in 2004, but a federal judge said it violated the constitutional rights of gays.

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