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An affiliate of NBC in Utah has refused to air “The New Normal,”  a new television show about a single mother’s life as a surrogate for a gay  couple, finding the program “inappropriate” for family viewing.

“After viewing the pilot episode of ‘The New Normal,’ we have made the  decision to keep it off our fall schedule,” said Jeff Simpson, CEO of KSL-TV  parent company Bonneville International. “For our brand, this program simply  feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing  time.”

Simpson has stated that the show has crude dialogue, explicit content and  offensive characterizations, which does not fit with the station’s  family-friendly approach, Deseret News reported.

Still, the CEO refused to criticize NBC for airing the gay-friendly show,  which premiers on ABC on Sept. 11, and has expressed hopes that KSL’s  relationship with the network will not be damaged.

“NBC is a valued partner – and as the Summer Olympic Games prove, they are  committed to great news, sports and entertainment programming. KSL is confident  that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program  can easily do so,” Simpson said.

This is not the first time KSL has decided to pass on a sexually provocative  show. Last season, the Utah station turned down the chance to air another NBC  show, “The Playboy Club,” which was about the first-ever Playboy Club in Chicago  in 1961.

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has blasted the station’s decision, accusing KSL of being “out  of touch” with America and the acceptance homosexuals receive in the wider  society.

“Same-sex families are a beloved part of American television thanks to shows  like ‘Modern Family,’ ‘Glee’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ While audiences, critics and  advertisers have all supported LGBT stories, KSL is demonstrating how deeply out  of touch it is with the rest of the country,” said Herndon Graddick, GLAAD’s  President.

“We invite Jeff Simpson to sit down with GLAAD and local LGBT families. We  know that if he would, he would see that not only are our families normal, but  by citing ‘crude and rude’ content and refusing to affirm LGBT families, KSL and  Mr. Simpson are sending a dangerous message to Utah. They should make that  right,” Graddick added.

Last month, pro-family group “One Million Mons” encouraged a boycott against  “The New Normal.”

“Millions of Americans strongly believe that marriage should be between one  man and one woman. NBC’s ‘The New Normal’ is attempting to desensitize America  and our children. It is the opposite of how families are designed and created.  You cannot recreate the biological wheel,” the group said last month

Utah has become the first state to enact a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. The new law took effect on Tuesday.

Sponsored by Republican Representative Steve Eliason, HB 461 expands the previous 24-hour waiting period for an abortion by two days, making it the longest waiting period in the country.

Introduced in February, HB 461 was passed by the Utah House in early March with 59 yeas, 11 nays, and 5 abstentions. A few days later, it was passed by the Utah Senate in a vote of 22 yeas, 6 nays, and 1 abstention. Republican State Senator Curtis Bramble was the sponsor for the Senate version.

“I think it’s a positive change for women and children … At the end of the day, it’s a consumer-protection law,” said Eliason in an interview with the Salt Lake City Tribune.

The bill was not without its opponents, as Planned Parenthood Association of Utah testified against HB 461 and argued that the previous waiting period statute was sufficient.

Karrie Galloway, president and CEO of PPAU, told The Christian Post that the “former waiting period allowed a woman to take all the time she needed to make a decision.”

“With a time sensitive medical procedure, increasing the waiting time was an intrusive, arbitrary hoop for women to navigate,” said Galloway.

“Throughout the process we tried to work with the sponsor to mitigate the intrusiveness of his legislation but he was unwilling.”

Eliason and his supporters believed, however, that the one-day period was not long enough, with Eliason comparing HB 461 to the waiting periods established for cancer treatments and gun purchases.

“The focus of this bill is women having time to consider all of the information that is given to them when facing a life-altering decision that somebody else is making money off of,” said Eliason to the Tribune.

Eliason did not return a request for comment by press time.

According to Deseret News, Utah’s waiting period statute was one of 311 new statutes passed by the 2012 legislature that went into effect on Tuesday.

Neither Planned Parenthood nor the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah have expressed an intention to presently file a lawsuit. However, both organizations have expressed an intention to closely monitor the implementation of the law.

Before Utah’s statute took effect, South Dakota had passed a bill that would have made it the first state to have a 72-hour waiting period. However, a court blocked the measure from taking effect.