Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson reiterated his support for marriage equality in a 30-second ad for Freedom to Marry released late Monday.

“I was raised here, Cody, Wyoming,” the 82-year-old Simpson says in the clip. “It was a town of western values, independence, freedom. I'm a Republican. The party's basic core is government out of your life. You have the right to be left alone.”

“Whether you're gay or lesbian or straight, if you love someone and you want to marry them, marry them.”

“I've had a wonderful married life,” Simpson says of his wife Ann Schroll. “Why shouldn't somebody else have the joy of marriage?”

“Live and let live. It's very simple,” he adds. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

“Speaking as a conservative, a lifelong Republican, and a son of the West, Senator Simpson talks of his values of freedom and limited government and the joy of marriage,” Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said in an emailed statement. “The ad shows the bipartisan momentum for the freedom to marry. And recent rulings against marriage discrimination by nine out of nine federal district judges show the legal trajectory of our campaign: toward more freedom, more dignity, and more families enjoying equality under the law.”

Simpson has previously criticized the anti-gay rhetoric of the Republican Party, calling it “disgusting.”