A television station in Tennessee has refused to air an equal marriage ad featuring a gay Republican soldier.

The WRCB station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, said it chose not to run the ad featuring Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, a US Navy combat veteran, because the issue was too “controversial”.

The video, produced by the group Freedom To Marry, shows the Afghanistan veteran says that he’s “fighting a different fight” in his home state of Tennessee where he and his partner Judd live.


“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” Ehrenfeld says.

“Because I’m gay, I’m not allowed to marry my partner here in Tennessee where we live.”

Speaking to Buzzfeed, WRCB president Tom Tolar said same sex marriage was a “very controversial and personal issue

“We just choose to not air a commercial on either side of that debate. People probably have really strong opinions on one side or other of the debate. It’s just an emotional debate for many people.”

 Article | Levi Joule.