Marriage Equality Ads to Air in Utah

Utah United for Marriage will begin airing TV ads this week supporting same-sex marriage in the state, including one featuring a large Mormon family.

BY Jase Peeples

April 07 2014 12:54 PM ET

Utah United for Marriage, a coalition group battling for LGBT equality in the state, is hoping two new TV ads they’ve created will help bring positive visibility to the fight for same-sex marriage, reports Salt Lake City Fox affiliate KSTU.

The ads are set to begin airing Tuesday, with one featuring a large Mormon family and another starring former TV news anchor Terry Wood.

Wood says he’s happy to lend his voice to the movement, as it gives him an opportunity to show how his family is directly affected by the issue. His gay son Damien married his husband five years ago in California, but their marriage is not currently recognized in their home state of Utah. “Love is the reason people get married,” Wood said. “My son and his husband have the same love for each other that my wife and I have for each other.”

Last December, approximately 1,300 gay and lesbian couples were married in Utah after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. However, the Supreme Court quickly granted a stay in that ruling, which is now playing out in the court system through the appeals process.

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