TULSA - Ed Cuyler spent years serving his country in the US Army and as a civil servant, receiving the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross in the process.
Now retired, he's fighting another battle -- to get Oklahoma to recognize the legitimacy of gay marriages.
KRMG was able to reach Col. Cuyler by phone at his ranch near Lawton, Oklahoma, and ask him about why he decided to go public on the issue of gay marriage.
In 2011, his daughter, Deedra, married her partner, Amber, in Massachusetts.
But the couple's marriage, while legal in Massachusetts, isn't recognized by the state of Oklahoma.
The couple now lives on the Cuyler ranch near Fort Sill with their three children.
A group called "Freedom Oklahoma," along with the national organization "Freedom to Marry," have produced a television ad that will air statewide this week featuring Ed Cuyler.
Col. Cuyler begins by saying that "Here in Oklahoma, we value the family."
"As a veteran, I know that freedom means freedom for everyone," he continues, "and no family should be denied a basic freedom."
"Marriage enhances our community, and makes families stronger," his wife, Robbie, says in the ad.
Since a US Supreme Court decision last year, 11 federal courts have struck down state bans on gay marriage or ordered states to respect gay marriages performed in other states.
That includes an Oklahoma case, Bishop v Smith.
Senior U.S. District Judge Terence C. Kern ruled in January that the majority view in Oklahoma that marriage should only be opend to a man and a woman "must give way to individual constitutional rights,” but put his ruling on hold while the state appeals.