This former Republican Senator has joined up with a same-sex marriage campaign to offer a moving message of support to same-sex couples who want to marry.

Former Republican Senator for Wyoming, Alan Simpson has teamed up with the Freedom to Marry campaign to deliver a strong message in support of same-sex marriage.

In the ad, he says: “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.”

The ad will be shown on TV in Colorado.