By Denise Warner
Updated August 23, 2012 at 11:19 PM EDT
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Hugh Hefner — never one to shy away from discussing his liberal sexual politics — wrote an impassioned editorial for the September issue of Playboy (via Politico) about his support for same-sex marriage that attacks what he calls an “assault to the rights of gays.”

“The fight for gay marriage is, in reality, a fight for all of our rights. Without it, we will turn back the sexual revolution and return to an earlier, puritanical time,” he says.

“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,” Hefner adds.

“To assault the right of gays, whether by denying them to right to marry or, as in Kansas, by attempting to empower landlords, business owners and employers to discriminate against gays on religious grounds,” Hefner continues.

The Playboy founder said he believes that the principles this country were founded on do not allow for such discrimination. “This is a religious nation, but it is also a secular one … No one should have to subjugate their religious freedom, and no one should have their personal freedoms infringed. This is America and we must protect the rights of all Americans.”

Hefner has long been an outspoken advocate for sexual liberation and women’s rights.

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