Republican mayor's pro-same-sex marriage ad to air during Republican Convention
August 24th, 2012
04:26 PM ET
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Republican mayor's pro-same-sex marriage ad to air during Republican Convention

(CNN) – The Republican mayor of San Diego has announced plans to air an ad advocating for same-sex marriage rights during next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The spot, titled "Family and Freedom," comes after the Republican Party developed its official plank on gay marriage, which pushes for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex couples from marriage. The platform is expected to be officially confirmed at the convention next week.

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The Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry said they will run the spot from Monday through Thursday next week in a $30,000 television ad buy in the Tampa area market.

In the ad, Mayor Jerry Sanders speaks directly to the camera encouraging Republicans to support his stance on marriage equality while touting his conservative view of limited government.

"In 2007 I announced my support for marriage quality for two reasons: family and freedom," said Sanders in the ad. "Marriage strengthens families and we need more of that in this country, not less."

Sanders lists prominent Republicans, like Dick and Lynne Cheney, Laura Bush and Cindy McCain, who have announced their support of same-sex marriage.

The California mayor's push for a change in GOP language on same-sex marriage is not the first call for the party to adopt more liberal stances on social issues following the Republican committee's development of the party's official platform.

Sen. Scott Brown, who is defending his Senate seat in the deep blue state of Massachusetts, sent a letter to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus earlier this week urging him to reconsider the Republican stance on abortion rights.

"Republicans talk about values such as freedom, limited government, and personal responsibility, values that support the freedom to marry," said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry. "Our ad showcases Republicans who are living up to the values they proclaim, pointing the way for the party to get with the majority of Americans and on the right side of history."

While President Barack Obama came out in support of same-sex couples' marriage rights in May, Romney has said that marriage should remain between a man and a woman though states should have the ability to extend some rights to gay couples, short of marriage.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Four and The Door

    Jerry Sanders is a star here in San Diego. He has done a great job turning a tough financial situation around. I look forward to Romney/ Ryan doing the same thing for our nation.

    August 24, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Oh Boy

    Now there is a republican I could vote for. Too bad the rest are to ignorant and out of touch with the middle class to understand.

    August 24, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    The new couldn't get any worse for Rence and the "holier than thou" party. From my view, it looks like Mr. Akin & Mr. Sanders are trying to sabotage the convention. Who's next?

    August 24, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. nothing new here

    People like Mayor Jerry Sanders are going to be the only hope left for the GOP.
    I am happy to see that, finally, there are REAL conservatives that are fighting back against the Religious Wrong.

    August 24, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. THE truth

    Good to hear. Hopefully, it catches on.

    August 24, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Pander Bear

    And once the evangelicals start whining I'm sure Mitt will throw him under a bus.

    August 24, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. nothing new here

    Barry Goldwater must be turning in his grave by now.
    Goldwater tried very hard to warn the party NOT to try to legislate morality, and not to try to negotiate with the pastors that were putting pressure on the GOP.
    The GOP should have listened.

    August 24, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Logic N LA

    when the GOP gets back to politics and out of people's personal lives I will consider them an alternative to the democratic parrty. But as long as they think of themselves as a relious organization and bow to the will of the few, they will never have my support.

    August 24, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    "In 2007 I announced my support for marriage quality for two reasons: family and freedom," said Sanders in the ad. "Marriage strengthens families and we need more of that in this country, not less."

    Spoken like a true statesman. I'm not a republican, nor do I know Mayor Sanders political views on everything, but his stance on this particular issue makes it look like he puts COUNTRY FIRST and party second. Wish there were more republicans like him.

    August 24, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Finally, a GOPer who managed to talk a whole 30 seconds of sense. Grats for having the balls to break ranks. Sometimes those goos steps need to become a kick in the ass to the guy in front of you.

    August 24, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Hahahahahaha

    @ Four IQ – Which RNC headquarters are you posting from today? Hahahahahahaha

    August 24, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. THE truth

    Government shouldn't be in the business of deciding who can and cannot get married.

    August 24, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. 8.3% unemployment - Over 8% 42 Straight months and the Obama Jobs DEPRESSION continues unabated

    Nobody is opposed to gays doing their thing, just don't call it marriage. Make up your own term for it and everybody will be behind you, so to speak.

    August 24, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. steven harnack

    If some in the GOP are enlightened enough to reject the hate why can't they see the lies and hate behind GOP economic principles?

    August 24, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. badcyclist

    Republicans only adopt these positions when their own families are involved. Otherwise, they have little or no empathy for anyone on the losing end of the status quo.

    August 24, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Hutchinson

    Too bad there aren't more Republicans like this. It's a party of individual responsibility and freedoms, but in the past few years it seems they're more and more interested in what happens in the bedroom. The party has a platform of government oversight just big enough to fit between the sheets. If there was a Republican nominee like Mayor Sanders, the level of the election would rise significantly. I'd love to hear more from him, and I'm one of those dirty liberals.

    August 24, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. SOUTHERN SNOTTIE

    The entire state voted on it in 2008 and rejected it. End of story. The people have spoken.

    August 24, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. matapos

    of course no one has asked romney for birth certificate–he is a white male and affluent too

    August 24, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Danglemore

    Yup, I can get around to what I believe about the differences in tax code and healthcare approaches once I don't just disqualify Republicans as religious fanatics.

    August 24, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Mor Man NO!

    Hey Mitt, your not a CHRISTIAN, Mormans do not beleive that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. John 3:16

    God does not trust Mormans, a true Southern Christian......................

    August 24, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN SNOTTIE

    Funny and ironic part of this is that Obama running for President is why California voted DOWN gay marriage. The large black voter turnout, who opposed it by a LARGE margin, is the reason it lost. So all you angry California gay people now know where you can address your thank you cards to.

    August 24, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Indie in VA

    And the Party of the Elephants continues to self-destruct....

    August 24, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Bus2Futhur

    What the........? Really, there is hope for the GOP? No I'm not about to jump ship, but congratulations sir to the world of free thinking.

    August 24, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Hahahahahaha
    @ Four IQ – Which RNC headquarters are you posting from today?
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Oh, I get it. You are suggesting that I'm a paid professional poster. I'm flattered, but that's not the case. I'm just another poor working schmuck out here with an opinion and trying to get my 2 cents in the discussion.

    August 24, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Funny and ironic part of this is that Obama running for President is why California voted DOWN gay marriage. The large black voter turnout, who opposed it by a LARGE margin, is the reason it lost. So all you angry California gay people now know where you can address your thank you cards to."

    Funny and ironic that Obama supporting gay marriage now is causing polls to show massive shifting in the black community towards supoprting it now too, eh? Amurika is changing and you can't stop it...neener neener neener!!!!

    August 24, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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