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

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Jun 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-04 15:21:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee TV station has refused to run an ad in support of gay marriage that features a Navy combat veteran.

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

The 30-second 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 says.

Ehrenfeld said he has received mostly positive feedback over the ad, which has run on other stations.

Tennessee is one of four states whose ban on same-sex marriage is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.