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April 10, 2014 7:38 am

‘Live and let live,’ Al Simpson promotes same-sex marriage case in TV commercial

Written by Tom Lawrence

Former Sen. Alan Simpson is making his pro-same sex marriage position even more public.

Simpson speaks out in favor of gay unions in a 30-second TV commercial that will soon air in Wyoming and other Western states.

“Whether you’re gay or lesbian or straight, if you love someone, and you want to marry them, marry them,” Simpson said in the ad.

In March, he and three Wyoming legislators, all Republicans, added their names to a friend-of-the-court brief urging a federal court to overturn a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Utah.

Sens. Michael Von Flatern, R-Gillette, and Ruth Ann Petroff, R-Jackson, and Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne signed it. Former Sen. Nancy L. Kassebaum of Kansas, the daughter of 1936 Republican presidential candidate Alf Landon, and 15 other Western politicians, also added their names to the petition.

Last month, state Rep. Dave Blevins, R-Powell, joined with Von Flatern, Petroff, Zwonitzer, Rep. Matthias Green, R-Laramie, Rep. Kathy Coleman, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Keith Gingery, R-Jackson, in co-signing a letter to the Casper Star-Tribune that supported same-sex mariage.

“Supporting marriage for all couples is as simple as making sure everyone has the opportunity to find love and happiness,” the letter stated. “We all strive to treat others the way we wish to be treated.”

Simpson, 82, is a Cody lawyer who grew up and has maintained a home there. He served in the Legislature before winning the first of three terms in the Senate in 1978.

The veteran politician told the Powell Tribune last year his stance in favor of same-sex marriage as well as a pro-choice position on abortion has made him unpopular with many Republicans in the state. Simpson said he doubted he could be nominated for office by the Wyoming Republican Party now.

In addition to his own political success, his father Milward served as both governor and in the U.S. Senate.

His brother Pete also served in the Legislature and ran for governor in 1986. Al Simpson’s son Colin was also a legislator and sought the GOP nomination for governor in 2010.

Al Simpson says as a Republican he believes one of the party’s core values is the right to be left alone — “live and let live,” as he said in the ad.

Simpson and his wife Ann married in 1954 and will celebrate their 60th anniversary in June. A photo from their wedding appears in the ad.

The ad, paid for by New York-based Freedom to Marry, will play on local television in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and national cable networks.

You can watch the ad in the player below clicking here.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

4 comments

  • Comment Link April 10, 2014 9:00 am posted by clipstein

    this is the same person who says we do not have a right to an opinion. we do not have a right social security. we do not have a right to--and the list goes on and on. so he is making a play on words with a right to live? Amazing how he can make these statements. You cannot trust one who speaks with forked tongue

  • Comment Link April 11, 2014 6:59 am posted by Christopher Kuntz

    These words coming from a man who was part of the largest crime syndicate on American soil, the U.S. Congress.

    Hey Al, how many millions did you make on insider trading? You know, passing the legislation that favors certain companies, and moving on their stock just prior to the vote.

    The Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches of the U.S. Government should be renamed, Crime Incorporated.

  • Comment Link April 11, 2014 8:48 am posted by Disgusted taxpayer

    This is the same person,along with others like Michelle Bachmann, who proclaimed that Vietnam vets should not be getting compensation for diseases and problems related to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam.Yet they moan about tax and spend Liberals like squealing kids after candy,all the while they support the same tax and spend policies to benefit their constituents.Especially in Wyoming.None of these RINO clowns can be trusted anymore,so use your grey matter people,instead of listening to people like this.

  • Comment Link April 11, 2014 9:38 am posted by Salty Dawg

    Makes one wonder how involved Simpson is/was with Cheneygate and no bid contracts in the Iraq lie.

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