A public service announcement in Israel has been banned from television because of its message in support of same-sex marriage.
The message from the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), titled “Human Rights: Because without I’m not Equal,” was banned by the Second Authority for Television and Radio, the public body that supervises Israel’s commercial television and radio station.
The ad ad includes appearances by man well-known Israeli celebrities and public figures.
In the ad, [Miss Israel Titi] Aynow , says: “The right to choose and marry whoever I want.” Her words are immediately followed by Adir Steiner, an LGBT activist who participated in the legal battle for the rights of same-sex couples, saying: “Even if I’m gay.”
The Second Authority banned the ad due to this sentence, stating that the law governing commercial television states the broadcaster will not broadcast any advertising that has a message on a “political, social, public or economic matter” that is in “public dispute.”
Dan Yakir, the chief legal counsel of the ACRI, sent a letter to the Second Authority arguing that its decision severely harms freedom of expression. He added that the ACRI is prepared to go to court if the Second Authority does not reverse its decision.