As Utah's battle over marriage equality moves to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, a former Republican senator is calling on the public to embrace the "live and let" attitude characteristic of Western heritage and his own political party.
Alan Simpson, who represented Wyoming for 18 years in the U.S. Senate, delivers that message in a new ad in support of gay marriage. The ad was paid for by the advocacy group Freedom to Marry. In the ad, Simpson says:
"I was raised here, Cody, Wyoming. It was a town of western values; independence, freedom. I'm a Republican and the Party's basic core is government out of your life and the right to be left alone. Whether you're gay or lesbian or straight, if you love someone, and you want to marry them, marry them. I have had a wonderful married life, why shouldn't somebody else have the joy of marriage. Live and let live. It is very simple."