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.
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.
Staff Sgt. Izzy Abbas
U.S. Army 198