Republican mayor's pro-same-sex marriage ad to air during Republican Convention
August 24th, 2012
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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. KlintzCNN

    Smaller government will not intrude into personal lives... supposedly.

    However, there are two proposed Amendments to the US Consti-tution: 1) ban gay marriage, 2) ban abortion.

    August 24, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Paddy Cakes

    Actually the reason that Gay marriage was voted down in California was due in part to propoganda stirred up by the Mormans.

    August 24, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. KlintzCNN

    Smaller government will not intrude into personal lives... supposedly.

    However, there are two proposed Amendments to the US Consti-tution: 1) ban same-sex marriage, 2) ban abor-tion.

    August 24, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |

    Sniffit - 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?
    So one half black guy can convince all those black people to foresake their religious beliefs because he needed gay money for his floundering campaign? Even when he also held that view for all but two months of his life... WOW, I had no idea the black community was so easily led around by the nose. But given the way the Democrats have led them around by the nose for decades, I should have known this I guess.

    August 24, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Smaller government will not intrude into personal lives... supposedly.
    However, there are two proposed Amendments to the US Consti-tution: 1) ban gay marriage, 2) ban abortion.
    Just like health care, these are topics the federal government should stay away from and although personally I don't have a problem with gay marriage and I'm not a fan of abortion ( but believe it's not an issue for the government to make ), if anything these types of topics should be at the state level.

    August 24, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Lio


    I propose a referendum to ban the Republican party. Who's in?

    Perhaps the next time you'll use a majority vote to restrict the right of a minority you'll think twice. And they pretend to understand and follow the Constitution.... Sighs...

    August 24, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. susansbaker

    Glad to see a Republican bring a civil right but not the bible right at the issue. I'm not guy, but we don't have the right to ban anything we don't like. Gays don't bring any harm to national security and economy to our society, same as abortion. Bible doesn't teach us to hate our indifferences, not even to mention gay.

    August 24, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. BKK

    Seriously people, give up. This is not going to go away, it is going to be legal. Even if you succeeded in an amendment it would be stricken down without a year. You're just looking pathethic trying to stop something that can't be stopped any more than civil rights could have been stopped.

    August 24, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  9. Jim Hahn

    Hmmm, maybe there is something like an intelligent Republican. Figures they would hide him in San Diego.

    August 24, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. ron

    OMG! There are MEN in the republican party! The GOP would be far better off with more MEN who spoke up for what's right. I hope this guy doesn't get thrown to the far right of the party. Boy, Boehner, McConnell, and Cantor sure screwed things up! But, down south the "fellas" always said they'd rather see the country destroyed than led by a ______! Remember that when you go to the polls. You know how "folks" talk about it. LOL Just look at what's going on: voter suppression, racist dog whistles, birtherism..... You see it. Where do you stand?

    August 24, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Good for him.

    August 24, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    I wonder if they will BOO him like they did the gay soilder during the debates.

    August 24, 2012 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Greg Kells

    As a conservative myself, I see the only rational conservative stance on same sex marriage to be keeping the federal government out of marriage altogether. It simply isn't the role of the federal government to recognize or sanction ANY marriage. They can recognize the legal component, the civil union, but to deny that based on gender is fundamentally wrong. Being opposed to same sex marriage is NOT a rational conservative belief, it is a religious belief, and it has no place in government. Kudos to you Mr.Sanders for standing up for the rational conservatives, there are plenty of us, and we will remember come voting time who reflects our belief in limited government, and who just pays us lip service while seeking to expand it's authority.

    August 24, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Pete

    Boy this mayors message will go over like a lead balloon.Republicans oppose any gay or lesbian rights and he'll run into resistence,they're a hateful bunch and obstructionistic also..So let's see how far this pioneer republican goes if he's not admonished first by campaign organizers,we'll see!!

    August 24, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. Randi

    No matter who they put in the spotlight to embrace same-sex marriage, there is one above all others, that will always be in the corner of traditional marriage, and that is the Lord God, the great Jehovah, our Creator and Savior. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Without Him there is no life, without Him there is no Hope.

    August 24, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. Liz the First

    Well, it's nice to know there's one decent, fair-minded republican. he'll probably be drummed out of the party for favoring equal rights. how sad.

    August 24, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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