In its ongoing work to demonstrate that the broad majority of Coloradans support the freedom to marry, Why Marriage Matters Colorado, a coalition of state and national organizations, released a 30-second television spot featuring a group of local veterans standing up for their gay comrade in arms.
The ad, airing statewide, features three military veterans who, together with their friend, U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant T. Ashley Metcalf – who is still actively serving his country – represent 45 years of military service. Sgt. Metcalf is gay, and his band of brothers – former Army Staff Sgt. Izzy Abbass, retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Dennis Mont’Ros, and former Marine Sgt. Will Glenn – talk about the importance of the freedom to marry for everyone.
About the service members:
T. Ashley Metcalf is a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, working full time on Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. Master Sergeant Metcalf joined the Air Force in January 2001 and has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2013 he graduated from University of Colorado Denver where he was also President of the Veteran Student Organization. Master Sergeant Metcalf and his partner Chris hope to marry once marriage becomes legal for same-sex couples in Colorado.
Izzy Abbass served in the U.S. Army from 1985 until 1993 and completed his service as a Staff Sergeant. He served in Panama and Operation Desert Storm. He spent roughly 20 years in the private sector and now works as the Program Coordinator for the University of Colorado Denver Boots to Suits program, which assists veterans as they move from the classroom to a career. In 2012, he was named Colorado Veteran of the Year by the United Veterans Committee of Colorado. Izzy and his wife have been married for eight years.
Will Glenn served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2007 through 2011. After completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan he completed his service as a Sergeant. He is currently studying Business Marketing and Management at University of Colorado Denver. Glenn also works at the University of Colorado Office of Veteran Student Services.
Dennis Mont’Ros served in the U.S. Air Force from 1991 to 2011, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. A Cuban-American, Mont’Ros is currently studying creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver. He also works in the University of Colorado Office of Veteran Student Services, mentoring student veterans.