Just one day after the California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on gay marriage, a Republican Congressional candidate in Alabama is using the decision to rally support to his primary campaign.
Restaurateur Jay Love began airing a television ad today that references the Supreme Court decision, while touting that he will bring "the kind of Christian conservative change Congress really needs, right now."
"Jay Love is running for Congress to defend our values," a narrator in the ad says. "Jay Love will stand up to the liberals and fight for what's right. He'll defend the unborn [and] traditional marriage."
It's the first advertisement referencing the decision, and it probably won't be the last for Republican candidates.
Love is running in a competitive Republican primary on June 3 against state senator Harri Anne Smith, oral surgeon Craig Schmidtke and television station executive David Woods . Love has largely self-financed his campaign, loaning $300,000 to his campaign coffers.
The southeast Alabama seat, held by retiring Rep. Terry Everett (R-Ala.) is being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this election cycle. They recruited a locally-popular, culturally-conservative candidate, Montgomery mayor Bobby Bright, to run in the seat, which gave President Bush 67 percent of the vote in 2004..