Al Simpson stars in same-sex marriage commercial

By: AP
By: AP
Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson is starring in a same-sex marriage commercial in Wyoming and other western states.

FILE - This May 4, 2007, file photo shows former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson delivering a key-note address to Log Cabin Republicans at their annual convention in Denver. The Wyoming Republican served 18 years in the Senate, but as a teenager he pleaded guilty to setting fire to an abandoned building on federal property. For teenagers who committed crimes and received a life in prison sentence without parole Simpson said, "When they get to be 30 or 40 and they been in the clink for 20 years or 30 or 40 and they have learned how to read and how to do things, why not" release them Simpson told to the Associated Press. If a prisoner shows he is not fit to be released, "throw him back in," he said. "That's better than saying 'Sorry, we can't look at that file because you were sent here for life.'" (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, FILE)

Casper, WY (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson is starring in a same-sex marriage commercial in Wyoming and other western states.

Simpson says as a Republican he believes one of the party's core values is the right to be left alone. He says whether people are gay or lesbian or straight, if they love someone and they want to marry, they should marry.

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, Simpson wants to send a message that western values include same-sex marriage.

The ad, paid for by New York-based Freedom to Marry, will play on local television in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and national cable networks.

The commercial is currently running on KGWN.

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