TV station refuses to run ‘controversial’ ad featuring U.S. Navy combat veteran

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A local TV station in Tennessee is refusing to run an advertisement in support of gay marriage that features a U.S. Navy combat veteran.

The Associated Press reported WRCB-TV president and general manager Tom Tolar is refusing to run the ad because it is “too controversial.”

The ad features Nashville doctor Jesse Ehrenfeld, a Navy reservist who recently returned from Afghanistan.

“I was able to stand up and put my life on the line for the freedoms that we all enjoy, and yet I don’t have the freedom to marry my partner Judd,” he said in the 30-second ad.

Other TV stations are reportedly running the ad. Ehrenfeld said he has received mostly positive feedback over it.

Tennessee is one of four states whose ban on same-sex marriage is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. A ruling is expected to be issued sometime in the near future.