The Gaily News: Pro-gay GOP commercial airs in Tampa Bay during the RNC (video)

In the September issue of Playboy, Hugh Hefner speaks out in favor of marriage equality. In an editorial, the 86-year-old publisher and founder of the magazine calls the fight for same-sex marriage "a fight for all of our rights."

He goes on to write, “Today, in every instance of sexual rights falling under attack, you’ll find legislation forced into place by people who practice discrimination disguised as religious freedom. Their goal is to dehumanize everyone’s sexuality and reduce us to using sex for the sole purpose of perpetuating our species. To that end, they will criminalize your entire sex life."

During a campaign stop in Provincetown, Mass. this past weekend, Vice President Joe Biden lauded the LGBT community for "freeing the soul of the American people" and advancing the "civil rights of every straight American."

  • San Diego's pro-gay Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders

With the RNC in town, anti-gay conservatives might be out en masse, but keep your eyes peeled for a commercial that shows some GOPers in a different light.

The Human Rights Campaign and the group Freedom to Marry will run a commercial featuring San Diego's pro-gay Republican Mayor Jerry Sanders, who name-checks other members of the party who support marriage equality, including Dick Cheney and Laura Bush, and insists "our party is changing on this issue."

The commercial is intended to reach delegates, party leaders, and donors attending the convention and will air in Tampa Bay on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News this week. Check out the commercial below.

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