Washington mother talks about how only marriage can protect her daughter’s family

On Friday, Washington United for Marriage, the coalition working to uphold the freedom to marry in the state, began airing its second television advertisement to tell voters in the state why marriage matters to same-sex couples.

The spot features Chris Morningstar from Seattle, WA, who speaks about her daughter Sarah and Sarah's long-time partner Cheryl Chow. Cheryl has recently been diagnosed with brain cancer, and in the TV ad, Chris talks about how challenging it was for her daughter to be there for Cheryl simply because Sarah and Cheryl are not legally married in Washington. 

Chris says:

I'm so proud of my daughter Sarah. She and her partner, Cheryl, are just wonderful parents. When Cheryl was diagnosed with brain cancer, my heart just went out to all of them. It really hurts watching them fight this cancer. And what's just as hard, is watching what they've had to go through because they're not legally married. One night in the hospital, Cheryl had a seizure. She was asking for Sarah and no one called. Only marriage guarantees all couples can be there for each other when it really matters. 

Washington United for Marriage campaign manager Zach Silk talked about the importance of the ad's message in a press release last week. He said:

If we, as Washingtonians, truly care about treating all loving couples and their families fairly, particularly in moments of their greatest need, only marriage gives families the security they want and need," said Silk. "That's why we must defend our bipartisan marriage law and make sure that voters understand that these loving, committed couples want the same thing everyone else does and that's why we urge voters to approve Referendum 74.

Watch the new TV spot below, and see other television ads from Washington, Minnesota, and Maine HERE. Learn more about the states where marriage will appear on the ballot in November - Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington - HERE.