New Washington TV Ad: Hospital Crisis Kept Loving Couple Apart
September 20, 2012 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
This post comes from HRC Regional Field Director Tony Wagner. He is working with Washington United for Marriage, the campaign working to defend marriage equality at the ballot box in November.
In a new ad that will begin airing statewide on Friday, a mother talks about how her daughter was kept from her dying partner during a hospitalization because the couple cannot marry under state law.
Chris Morningstar of Seattle tells the story of her daughter, Sarah, and her partner, Cheryl Chow, a former Seattle City Council member who is now dying of brain cancer. Chow, 66, is a beloved Seattle civic leader who also served four years on the Seattle School Board and 18 years as a teacher and principal. The couple has been in a loving, committed relationship for 10 years and they have a four-year-old daughter.
Morningstar talks about how proud she is of the couple and how hard it us to watch them battle – both against cancer and for full equality.
"One night in the hospital Cheryl had a seizure, she was asking for Sarah and no one called,” Morningstar said in the ad. “Only marriage guarantees that all couples can be there for each other when it really matters.”
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