Two new ads in support of Referendum 74, the Washington state ballot measure which would uphold a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers, feature religious leaders.

In one of the ads, the Rev. Rich Lang of the University Temple Methodist Church in Seattle and his wife Cathy discuss their support for marriage equality.

“I struggled with the notion of same-sex marriage,” Mr. Lang says. “[I]t was compassion that broke in. My shift came when I realized that at the very core of my Christianity is the compassion that God has shown toward me.”

“For a couple to be able to take their vows in front of friends and family, it means they're together, forever,” Mrs. Lang says. “And don't we want that for everybody?” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In the second spot from Washington United for Marriage, five religious leaders offer their support for Referendum 74.

“Referendum 74 protects religious freedom,” says the Rev. Sandy Brown.

“Churches will still perform marriages according to their beliefs,” says the Rev. Tom Kidd.

“Marriage matters to all of us,” adds Bishop Grant Hagiya.