Freedom to Marry and Utah United for Marriage on Friday released an ad featuring a Utah couple talking about their support for their gay son.

In the 30-second commercial, Drs. Wendy Matis and Dale Smith of Millcreek, who are celebrating 25 years of marriage, speak about their desire for their two children to marry, including son Sean, who is gay.

“We always wanted our children to feel like their family was there for them,” Dr. Matis says. “We want Sean to have what we have – a happy marriage. The three weeks when marriage was legal here, we felt just as good as everyone else.”

Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson said the ad “sends a Mother's Day message that marriage matters to loving and committed gay couples for the same reasons as anyone else.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

“In quiet conversations all across Utah, as across the country, people are coming to understand that ending exclusion from civil marriage strengthens families and strengthens the community, while harming no one,” he added.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver is currently reviewing a federal judge's ruling striking down Utah's ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Kitchen v. Herbert is the first such case to be heard by a federal appellate court since the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June.