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Video: Family Research Council Protests Gay Men in U.S. Tourism Ad

| by Michael Allen

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins recently warned that an advertising campaign for tourism to the US is also being used to “highlight same-sex attractions.”

The 'Discover America' ad (video below) includes a song by Rosanne Cash, pictures of an interracial couple, two Muslim women in a city, people celebrating a Hindu festival and a man with his arm around his partner on a bus for two seconds.

Perkins said on his daily radio address: "The commercial invites people to America-not to see the Grand Canyon, but to celebrate homosexuality. In one scene, a gay man is sleeping on his partner's shoulder in a trolley. The actors said they were specifically recruited to add a 'homosexual presence' to the commercial."

"According to Brand USA, the ads were supposed to 'open up some minds as to what America really is.' which, based on this commercial, is a country of radical values and backwards priorities. I suppose this is part of the President's push to 'rebrand' America. It's just too bad he used a travel ad to feature so much cultural baggage."

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