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Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyoming, supports Freedom to Marry for gay, lesbian couples

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CASPER, Wyo. -- Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson is starring in a same-sex marriage commercial in Wyoming and other western states.

Simpson says as a Republican he believes one of the party's core values is the right to be left alone. He says whether people are gay or lesbian or straight, if they love someone and they want to marry, they should marry.

According to the Casper Star-Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/p22a6no), Simpson wants to send a message that western values include same-sex marriage.

The ad, paid for by New York-based Freedom to Marry, will play on local television in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and national cable networks.

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Transcript from Freedom to Marry:

“I was raised here, Cody, Wyoming. It was a town of western values; independence, freedom. I’m a Republican and the Party’s basic core is government out of your life and 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 have had a wonderful married life, why shouldn’t somebody else have the joy of marriage. Live and let live. It is very simple.”

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