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Pepperdine Clarifies Role in Prop 8 Ad

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When a Yes on Prop 8 TV ad advocating for the elimination gay marriage was launched on Monday, eyebrows raised and surely some alumni and student emotions flared when they saw a law professor identified as someone from Pepperdine University in Malibu. In the ad, professor Richard Peterson said that people could be sued over personal beliefs, churches could lose their tax exemption and gay marriage would be taught in public schools.

But the school, who asked Prop 8 proponents to delete the Pepperdine attribution, stressed that Peterson's comments were of his own and not University's. An e-mail addressed to alumni from the school's public relations department is below: