The national marriage equality advocacy group “Freedom to Marry” has launched a new television ad campaign in Alabama to build public support for same-sex marriage.
“Alabama does not recognize our marriage,” Chi Peoples says in a video that began airing in the Birmingham and Montgomery television markets on Sunday. “Everyone wants to believe that if you do what you’re supposed to do, you will be taken care of. But we don’t have that safeguard.”
A federal ruling striking down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage is set to take effect on February 9, possibly sooner if the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit lifts a stay on that ruling, issued January 23 by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade.
Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry, did not say how much the organization spent on TV time for the campaign, but called the buy “substantial.”
Alabama is one of 14 states still enforcing a ban on same-sex marriage.
The Alabama attorney general has asked the 11th Circuit to keep Granade’s ruling overturning the Alabama law on hold since the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the issue of same-sex marriage in April.