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Same-sex marriage ads take to the air in Oklahoma

As Oklahomans await a ruling from the same three-judge panel in the 10th Circuit Court of appeals on their same-sex marriage case, Freedom Oklahoma has taken to the airwaves to help the discussion.

In the ad, retired Army colonel and Purple Heart recipient Ed Cuyler and his wife talking about their daughter, Deedra, and her partner Amber.

“Here in Oklahoma we value family,” Cuyler says. “When Deedra told me she was gay, as her dad, I was worried, because I wanted to protect her. Only marriage means the ability to take care of your family.”

Deedra and Amber were married in Massachusetts and live on the same ranch with their parents. Deedra is blocked from putting Amber on her health plan from the Goodyear factory where she works because the state doesn’t recognize the union.

“Why shouldn’t they know the love we’ve had all these years?” says wife, Robbie Cuyler.

“As a veteran, I know freedom means freedom for everyone,” Ed Cuyler concludes the ad. “And no family should be denied a basic freedom.”

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