In a new television commercial, a GOP Senate candidate from Oregon is coming out in favor of same-sex marriage. Dr. Monica Wehby released an ad Tuesday in which stands up for the gay plaintiffs who have sued the state over its gay marriage ban.
You can watch the ad for Monica Wehby’s Senate campaign here:
“My opponent keeps trying to paint me as an extreme right-wing Republican, and that’s actually not who I am,” she said in a phone interview. “I’m a very independent-minded person, like our state. I’ve always felt government should stay out of it. This isn’t a change in thought for me at all.”
The man who appears in the ad with Dr. Wehby is Ben West, a plaintiff in the lawsuit that successfully struck down the Oregon gay marriage ban earlier this year.
It looks like Indiana and Wisconsin could be the next states to legalize gay marriage. Judges heard arguments defending the gay marriage bans in both states on Tuesday. One of the judges, a Republican appointee, even compared the bans to laws that once prevented interracial marriage.
A federal appeals court denied a request on Wednesday to stay a decision by a judge made last month that clears the way for gay marriage in Virginia. That means same-sex couples could be tying the knot as soon as August 20th.