FORT WORTH, Texas -- Flanked by supportive colleagues, a Fort Worth police officer is taking a stand for gay marriage. He’s being featured in commercials now airing in Texas’ largest cities.
In the ad Chris Gorrie explains, “I became a police officer in 2006.” Fellow Officer Monica Jackson affirms, “Chris makes a sacrifice everyday along with the rest of us.”
Officer Gorrie is now using his role as public servant, to fight for the freedom to live his private life as he chooses. Officer Gorrie is gay.
“Having the freedom to marry who I want to marry is just as important as having the freedom to speak to you, and drive my car,” he said. “There’s certain things that I feel like I should be able to do without having to ask for permission.”
The 30-year-old says in spite of the negative publicity heaped on Fort Worth following a notorious 2009 raid at the Rainbow Lounge, a gay bar, he has never been mistreated at the department. Now, he says it’s time to step out of the shadows.
Kevin Nix is the communications director for Freedom to Marry. “Sharing his story resonates with people.”
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