Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Church Ad Accepts Gays, Networks Say "No"

This seems like an odd position for a network to take. We have ads for Viagra, Birth Control, Femenine Products, Genital Herpes, Alcohol, Cigarettes and a miriad of other "touchy" subjects. Not to mention we have now started seeing boobie and ass shots on late night "dramas." But a Church who openly accpets Gay people into their congregation gets told it can't run an ad which mentions this fact. I am a right leaning Republican, but one notable issue in which I disagree with my party has always been the Gay marriage issue. My feeling is if a Gay couple wants to symbolize their relationship with a ceremony and a ring, and have the ups and downs that go with marriage (divorce, alimony, child support, Taxes, etc...) than they should be allowed to. the problem I have with the statement by the networks in this story is the ads don;t even touch on Gay Marriage. The Networks arguement doesn't fit with the message.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - A liberal church claims CBS and NBC have refused to run its ad promoting the acceptance of people regardless of sexual orientation, because the networks believe the ad is too controversial.
According to a United Church of Christ statement, the ad says that the church seeks to welcome all people, regardless of ability, age, race, economic circumstance or sexual orientation.
"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast," the church quoted CBS as saying.

The 30-second spot, as shown on the church's Web site, features two muscle-bound bouncers standing outside a church, selecting people who could attend service and those who could not. Written text then appears saying, in part, "Jesus didn't turn people away, neither do we."
The church says the ad has been accepted on a number of other networks, including ABC Family, BET Discovery, Fox, Hallmark, TBS and TNT.