KABC to Air Rejected Gay Family Ad

Earlier this week, I mentioned that KABC-TV in California had refused to air an ad featuring a gay black couple with five kids. The marriage equality group GetToKnowUsFirst.org, which produced the ad, wanted it to run during the presidential inauguration. Other channels in California aired it. The media buyer for GetToKnowUsFirst’s ad agency reported, “[KABC-TV] said it was too controversial to air during the Inauguration, since ‘many families will be watching.’”

KABC announced today, however, that it met with The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and GetToKnowUsFirst, and will begin to air the ad in primetime on Sunday, January 25, during the new two-hour episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Not quite the same as having it on “Extreme Makeover: Government Edition,” but GLAAD reports that “[KABC President and General Manger Arnold J. Kleiner] has assured us that he will find high-profile positions to air the ad during the coming weeks.”

GLAAD adds, “Kleiner explained that, independent of the GetToKnowUsFirst.org’s ad, the station had made a decision that during the inauguration they would not air any advocacy advertising, regardless of the content or subject matter.”

View the ad and others featuring same-sex families at GetToKnowUsFirst.org.