A television commercial in support of gay marriage began airing statewide in Oklahoma on Monday.

The ad, which will run for a week, comes roughly two weeks after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments in a case challenging Oklahoma's marriage ban.

In the 30-second ad, retired Army colonel and Purple Heart recipient Ed Cuyler and his wife Robbie discuss their support for their daughter Deedra and her wife Amber. The women, who married in Massachusetts, are raising 15-month-old twin daughters and a three-year-old son. Because Oklahoma does not recognize their marriage, Deedra is unable to include Amber on her health plan.

“Here in Oklahoma, we value family,” Ed Cuyler says. “When Deedra told me she was gay, as her dad I was worried, because I wanted to protect her. When Deedra met Amber, I realized she could have a family. Only marriage means the ability to take care of your family.”

“Why shouldn't they know the love we've had all these years?” Robbie Cuyler asks.

Ed Cuyler concludes: “As a veteran, I know freedom means freedom for everyone. And no family should be denied a basic freedom.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

The ad was produced by Freedom to Marry and Freedom Oklahoma.