According to a May 30 report by the Knoxville News Sentinel, a television station in Chattanooga, Tennessee has fueled controversy for refusing to air a gay soldier’s commercial promoting marriage equality. As the nation prepares for a historic ruling by the Supreme Court regarding the issue of same-sex marriage, the television station cited its decision to remain neutral on the issues as their reason for rejecting the commercial.
According to a spokesperson for Freedom to Marry on Friday, the commercial was slotted to air in Tennessee this coming week. That was until NBC affiliate WRCB out of Chattanooga refused the ad. In an interview with Buzzfeed, the station’s president and general manager Tom Tolar said his station has no position on same-sex marriage, and wanted to remain that way. He told Buzzfeed:
“It’s just a very controversial and personal issue, and we just choose to not air a commercial on either side of that debate.
It should be noted that Tennessee is one of the 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage and is one of the four states involved in the case that the high court will make a ruling on sometime in June. Ehrenfeld and Taback are one of many couples who just want to have the freedom to marry and enjoy the same benefits as heterosexual couples. He says in the commercial:
“As a military physician, I take care of other people’s loved ones who are wounded in combat. But here at home, I’m fighting a different fight. Because I’m gay, I’m not allowed to marry my partner here in Tennessee where we live.”