Colorado Rights Blog

Guest blogger By: Guest blogger 4.21.2014

WATCH: Service members support the freedom to marry in Colorado

I served in the U.S. Army in Desert Storm and Panama from 1985 until 1993. It was in the service that I learned the true value of freedom.

After I retired, I married my wife Susan. Together, we’re now raising our two sons in Denver. But my friend Sgt. Metcalf, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is not afforded the same freedom—despite putting his life on the line to defend this country. See, Sgt. Metcalf is gay and in Colorado, he’s denied the freedom to marry the person he loves.

I believe that anyone who puts on the uniform to serve this country deserves the same respect as anyone else. That’s why I am proud to star in Why Marriage Matters Colorado’s new TV ad airing statewide in Colorado—along with Sgt. Metcalf and a few of my fellow veteran friends—to show that Colorado is ready for the freedom to marry.

Click here to watch this new ad, and then share it with your friends.

After being married for 8, going on 9 years, there’s nothing I love more than being a Dad and a husband. And certainly, my marriage hasn’t been weakened one bit because of same-sex couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other.

As a lifelong Coloradan, born and raised, it saddens me that our state does not afford all rights and protections to all of its citizens—especially a decorated war veteran like my friend Sgt. Metcalf.

Sgt. Metcalf is serving his country just like I did. He should have the same freedoms we all have, and that includes the freedom to marry.

Click here to watch the new ad hitting the airwaves in Colorado today. Then share with your friends to make sure this important message is heard far and wide.


Staff Sgt. Izzy Abbas
U.S. Army 198



  • Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley spoke at the marriage equality rally on March 3rd

  • Leisel Kemp, whose brother Jason was killed by CSP after they entered his home without a warrant, spoke at the 2013 Bill of Rights Dinner about the ACLU’s legal advocacy on behalf of her family.

  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind is an original short film from the ACLU of Colorado about a man who has spent 17 years in solitary confinement and now suffers from debilitating mental illness.