Freedom to Marry airs Alabama ad calling for respect for all families

Today, February 1, Freedom to Marry began airing a television ad in key media markets in Alabama calling for respect for all families.

The ad features Jessica and Chi Peoples and their daughter, Nailah, who live in Birmingham. The women were married in Connecticut last year, but since their marriage is not respected in their home state of Alabama, they must raise their child without the protections of marriage.

Evan Wolfson, president and founder of Freedom to Marry, explained the importance of the ad:

Our ad keeps the spotlight on what’s at the heart of the Alabama marriage cases, as well as similar cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court: love, commitment, family, and equality under the law. Alabama's federal judge -- appointed by George W. Bush -- joined a dozen other Republican-appointed judges in recent months, and 60 state and federal courts, in holding that marriage bans are unconstitutional. And how can you not be touched by Jessica and Chi's heartfelt desire for the state they love and live in to respect their family and treat them as what they are -- married? Alabama, like all of America, is ready for the freedom to marry."

The ad follows two rulings by United States District Judge Callie V. Granade that struck down the state's ban on marriage between same-sex couples. The rulings were in the cases Stearcy v. Strange and Strawser v. Strange. A 14-day stay was issued in these rulings, meaning that, barring a hold from the 11th Circuit or the U.S. Supreme Court, the freedom to marry should take effect in the state on February 9.

The ad began running during the Sunday political shows in Birmingham and Montgomery, and will run through Tuesday in each of the Birmingham and Montgomery markets. In addition, the ad will be running online across Alabama from Feb. 1-8, the days leading up to the freedom to marry taking effect. 

Watch the ad below: