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With weeks to go before election, anti-gay campaign in Washington is out with new misleading ad

Referendum 74 Washington marriage

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

Unsurprisingly, the anti-gay campaign in Washington state, in its effort to keep Washingtonians from marrying, is out with another misleading ad. Washington United for Marriage has a fact check out. The ads refer to two stories that have been debunked before – one story has even been used in an anti-gay ad in Maine before. Via press release, the campaign to pass marriage equality says:

“Neither of these stories are new,” said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. “They’ve been used repeatedly here in videos, mailers and Sunday bulletins and putting them up on TV does not make them true. In fact, the Vermont inn story was used in an ad in Maine where there is also a referendum on marriage equality, and the state’s newspapers called it out as false.

“Our opponents are desperate. And so they’re closing out with their old playbook of distortions and lies to scare voters. We’ll put our trust in Washington voters who can see through these cynical political tactics,” said Silk.

In both instances, the ad claims, people faced consequences for suggesting that same-sex marriage is against their religion. As the facts show, both stories are misleading.

With a few weeks to go before the election, we can expect to see more untrue ads like this. The anti-gay campaign will undoubtedly try to scare voters into believing that legal marriage will somehow interfere with their religious liberties or hurt their children.

What you can do to pass marriage equality in Washington:Goal Thermometer

1. Contribute to the campaign to approve marriage equality in Washington, via ActBlue.

2. Volunteer to make calls to voters in Washington.

3. Sign up to travel to Washington and help get out the vote! Courage Campaign is arranging out-of-state caravans and travel assistance is available.


  • 1. Stefan in CA  |  October 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I sent a donation and want to stress the importance of getting out ads that directly address the things that the opposition is saying. They need to address the couple in Vermont and how they are the ones who broke Vermont's anti-discrimination law, and the story about the sports anchor in Canada and why he was actually fired. Whatever NOM and it's affiliates are saying, ads need to be aired debunking those exact things. The other ads that have come out are good, but there needs to be a direct rebuttal to what the opposition is saying. What you're being told is not true, and this is why…

  • 2. Fluffyskunk  |  October 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    We keep saying this, yet it never happens…

  • 3. bayareajohn  |  October 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    The problem is they can lie faster than we can refute, and the first impression lasts longer than the second.

    And people believe the thing they fear when they hear it…

  • 4. Steve the Second  |  October 25, 2012 at 6:48 am

    It's a variation of the Gish gallop (named after creationist Duane Gish) where someone throws out so many points that they are impossible to refute in a limited amount of time. That usually refers to a debate format, but is also applicable for ads

  • 5. bóng bay nghệ thuật  |  October 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

    You can definitely see your enthusiasm within the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  • 6. Prop 8 Trial Tracker &raq&hellip  |  October 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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