Fox News, the Robert Murdoch-owned television network, has rejected an ad that features Canadian and Australian military leaders talking about the lifting of their gay bans as nonevents.

In the ad, Major General Walter Semianiw, chief of military personnel in the Canadian Forces, says: “There is no negative impact of having men and women of any sexual orientation fighting together, be it in Afghanistan, be it in Iraq.”

“The lifting of the homosexual ban is a bit like Y2K. It was a nonevent, and it continues to be a nonevent,” Major General Simon Willis (retired), the former head of defense personnel in the Australian Defense Force, says. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Both men made their comments during a May 19 panel in Washington D.C.

The ad, titled Business as Usual, is produced by the Palm Center, a think tank at the University of California at Santa Barbara that studies “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the Pentagon policy that bans gay and bisexual troops from serving openly. The group's director, Aaron Belkin, said he hoped the network would reconsider.

“I am surprised that Fox News would reject an ad featuring allied generals, given that both host Bill O'Reilly and guest contributor Liz Cheney have expressed support for open gay service,” Belkin said.

According to watchdog group Media Matters for America, Fox News objected to the ad's opening line: “As the military prepares to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' our NATO allies have told us what to expect … Business as usual.”

“'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is still on hold, so claiming the military is planning repeal is incorrect,” an email from Fox News' ad department reads.

Top military leaders and President Barack Obama have called on Congress to end the ban.