CNN Refuses to Air Log Cabin Republicans' TV Ad

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - The Log Cabin Republicans, a homosexual advocacy group, is criticizing CNN for refusing to air a TV ad that urges Republicans to concentrate on what unites them rather than what divides them.

The ad is running on the Fox News Channel and other broadcast outlets.

"We are deeply disappointed that CNN has refused our voices the opportunity to be heard," the Log Cabin Republicans said in a press release.

"Last week we told the Republican Party that you cannot sugarcoat the vicious and mean- spirited [GOP] platform, and today we want CNN to know that you cannot sugarcoat the politics of fear and intolerance that lead to hate," said Log Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero.

The Log Cabin Republicans' TV ad begins with footage from President Ronald Reagan's 1992 speech at the Republican National Convention in Houston. "Whatever else history may say about me when I'm gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears," Reagan says.

The Log Cabin Republicans say the ad "offers a clear choice for the GOP: follow President Reagan's lead by uniting Republicans; or follow Jerry Falwell, Pat Buchanan and Rick Santorum's lead by dividing the GOP with an intolerant social agenda based on fear and exclusion."

The ad closes with images of the Rev. Fred Phelps holding a sign that reads "God Hates Fags," at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student murdered by two young men who attacked him because he was homosexual.

CNN claimed the images in the 30-second ad were "too controversial."

The Log Cabin Republicans say they support "fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans." The group says it also supports Republican Party positions on lower taxes, a strong national defense, personal responsibility and a commitment to individual liberty.

The group is at odds with social conservatives in the Republican Party, who oppose same-sex marriage and want to amend the U.S. Constitution to prevent activist judges from redefining marriage.

Homosexual advocacy groups call the Federal Marriage Amendment discriminatory.