As the Rhode Island Senate prepares to debate a gay marriage bill, proponents on Monday released two ads online.

The measure cleared the House in January, and Senate leaders have pledged to debate the issue before the end of April, possibly as soon as next week.

Rhode Islanders United for Marriage released two ads on Monday.

“These ads are coming at a critical time and augment the unprecedented grassroots campaign that is actively engaging Rhode Island voters with their senators all across the state. The ads focus on two important perspectives – the real impact the freedom to marry has on all loving, committed couples, friends and neighbors, and the appropriate protections Senate Bill 38 includes for faith communities, who will continue to make decisions about who is eligible to marry in their tradition,” said Ray Sullivan, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage campaign director. “We're making a significant investment with this ad campaign through targeted online ads on local and national Websites, YouTube and elsewhere. We are proud to tell these unique, Rhode Island stories.”

One ad features the story of Martha Holt Castle and Patty Castle, who married in Massachusetts recently and are raising a son, Tobin.

“Marriage is the ultimate commitment that you can make to the one you love,” Patty says in the ad. “And we really want our son Tobin to grow up in a place where our commitment is recognized.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

In the second ad, Father Edmund Harris, a pastor at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in East Providence, speaks in favor of making Rhode Island the 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

“As a priest I'm already empowered to decide which couples I'm going to marry,” Harris says. “Senate bill 38 provides the same kinds of protections for all faith communities in Rhode Island.”