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Wayne Besen, an executive director of gay advocacy group The Truth Wins Out, appeared on a CNN debate in the US last week discussing the Heinz ad.

In the debate he raised issue of how the AFA, a powerful American lobby group, had played a role in the strong stance Heinz US had adopted over the ad.

“They are a very powerful constituency, a very powerful lobby group. They are one of the top groups in the religious right in America,” Besen told

He added that the AFA had gone after companies including Disney and Ford in the past.

“They have a lot of experience mobilising campaigns and boycotts. They are like a puritanical national nanny,” Besen said.