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02/20/2013 12:57 am ET Updated Feb 20, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Group Launches $1 Million Campaign

The Respect for Marriage Coalition, a group that supports same-sex marriage, is launching a $1 million ad campaign featuring clips of political figures from both sides of the aisle, including President Obama, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell.

"Against the backdrop of President Obama’s historic comments about marriage rights in his inaugural address, freedom to marry legislation pending in a number of states, and two landmark marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Coalition is working to grow support for marriage rights for same-sex couples across the nation," the group said in a news release.

The TV spot, which Politico reports is set to air during the Sunday morning political shows and on national cable channels, uses past clips of Obama, Cheney, Powell, and former First Lady Laura Bush, highlighting bipartisan support for marriage equality.

"None of us would want to be told we can’t marry the person we love," a narrator says. "That’s why a growing majority of Americans believe it’s time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples."

"Freedom means freedom for everyone," Cheney says in the clip.

"Allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country," Powell says.

"It’s time for marriage," the spot concludes.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition, which encompasses more than 80 organizations in total, is co-chaired by Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign. In addition to the television spot, the national campaign also includes print and online advertisements.

Watch the campaign's television spot above.

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