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Gay Activist's Grandparents Speak Out In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage In New Video

First Posted: 02/29/2012 11:43 am Updated: 02/29/2012 11:43 am

A gay activist's grandparents have participated in a poignant new video in support of Washington state's approval of same-sex marriage earlier this month.

As Jacob Reitan, who helped found the Soulforce Equality Ride in 2006, tells Towleroad, "My grandparents are now in their 90s. They have been blessed with a strong and beautiful marriage for nearly 70 years. Their marriage has been a role model for all of us in our family." Reitan, who appears in the video alongside his gay cousin Caleb, goes on to note, "I want to have a marriage like theirs. I want society to recognize it. I want my family and friends to celebrate with us and support us."

The clip features a series of vintage photographs of Rev. John and Dorothy Reitan, who currently live in a Tacoma retirement community, and their family, along with some spirited anecotes from the couple.

"We've shared both good and bad, and everything has worked out very well," Dorothy said. "We're just so pleased to be at this age in life and doing well."

Added John: "We want our nine grandchildren to be able to share in the joy and happiness that Dorothy and I have."

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