Opponents of a proposed gay marriage ban in Minnesota on Friday released an ad featuring Republican John Kriesel.

The Minnesota state representative and military veteran who lost his legs in Iraq was one of only four House Republicans who voted against putting the measure on the ballot.

The ad is the fifth to be released by Minnesotans United for All Families.

The 30-second spot includes a portion of Kriesel's emotional 2011 plea to colleagues.

“I joined the military because I love this country. I went to Iraq and I was in an incident. I nearly died. I remember laying there looking down and seeing my legs mangled. I thought about my family,” he says.

“Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt. He gave his life in Afghanistan, protecting our freedoms. He was gay.”

Over an image of a smiling Wilfahrt, he adds: “I cannot look at this picture and say, 'Corporal you were good enough to fight for your country and give your life but you were not good enough to marry the person you love.'”

“I'm pleading with you to vote no.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)