Chattanooga’s WRCB-TV refuses to air Tennessee-targeted Freedom to Marry ad

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On May 29 we learned that Chattanooga TV station WRCB had refused to air a new Freedom to Marry advertisement that was produced expressly for Tennessee audiences and profiled Nashville physician Jesse Ehrenfeld.

Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project submitted a written statement to the website, saying that WRCB's decision "treats the public like children" who have "no need to be protected from controversy" and he suggested to WRCB that it reconsider the newly announced policy that has kept this ad off the air in Chattanooga. As well, he makes the following points:

  1. The station will inevitably cover the Supreme Court decision regarding marriage equality when it is announced later in June. Same issue.
  2. The station has aired controversial ads in the past, notably during election season.

The online reaction to the story has been passionate, much less tactful at times, and almost completely in agreement with Sanders and TEP. In fact, I found just one expression of support for WRCB, and it came from a Twitter account called "Legitimate Complaints." Okay, then!

See what the Internet had to say, as of 1pm CST May 30…