March 25, 2012
A new ad out from the homophobes seeking to pass Amendment One in North Carolina:
Pam’s House Blend has the analysis and debunk:
Here are a few of my impressions of the ad:
1. It exploits the religious angle because there is nothing in the proposed amendment about religion, Biblical or otherwise. And it gives the false impression that if Amendment One does not pass, then established heterosexual marriages will be in danger. I mean seriously, the way one of the people in this ad is conveying her thoughts, it’s almost as if there is a fear that if Amendment One does not pass, within 24 hours, gay and lesbians are going to invade homes in attempts to kidnap heterosexually married partners.
2. The ad exploits economic and racial issues. A young man at the beginning of the ad gives the impression that if the referendum does not pass, then it will be difficult to combat poverty. And then he uses the “activist judges” talking points and that really bothers me. As an African-American man I bristle when I see another African-American using the talking points of “activist judges overturning the will of the people.” And while I am sure the man in question is reading cue cards (rather well I might add), someone should school him that if it weren’t for supposed “activist judges,” we wouldn’t have the decisions of Loving vs. Virginia (which overturned laws against interracial marriage) or Brown vs. the Board of Education (which overturned segregation laws.)
3. Those children at the end? Now that was just tacky. What about the children in same-sex households who will be negatively affected should this bill pass? The irony is that if those voting against Amendment One had used children in their ad in the same manner as these folks had, it would be all over the National Organization for Marriage’s blog about how “radical homosexuals are exploiting the innocence of children.”
And lastly, one woman in the ad drives home the basic dishonesty of Amendment One. It begins at 1:00 when she says she is voting for Amendment One because she is married to one man for 30 years and she loves him dearly.
But she neglects to say how allowing gays and lesbians to receive that same courtesy (being married for 30 years to the person they love) would harm her marriage. And the sad thing is that I doubt that she can.
Remember, Elon University’s poll earlier this month showed 56.9% of North Carolinians opposed to an amendment that bans marriage, civil unions and even domestic partnerships. This poll is trending along with a series of polls showing increased opposition to Amendment One.
Tomorrow, Courage Campaign and P8TT will join a netroots moneybomb to help the Coalition to Protect NC Families, which is working to defeat Amendment One, get a response ad on the air. We’ll have a live chat right here at P8TT with campaign manager Jeremy Kennedy to take your questions and suggestions at 3 PM EST. Please tune in then for info on how the campaign is going and how you can help out.