Monday, October 8, 2012

WATCH ONLINE // Marriage Equality Opponents Launch New TV Ad: "Children Do Best When Raised By Married Mom & Dad"

UPDATE: An LGBT-oriented news site called "Good As You" has deconstructed the stock video compilation in the anti-civil rights video below. They note that the new ad from Maryland Marriage Alliance doesn't actually feature any Marylanders:
GOOD AS YOU: I'll leave it to you to find your own voiceover artist. However, if you are a Marylander looking to discriminate against gay couples, here are eight of the nine stock video clips that the Maryland Marriage Alliance purchased to represent actual Marylanders....

I've pasted one of the nine screenshots below. I wonder if the people captured in this clip knew that they would one day be spliced into a homophobic/anti-civil rights TV ad?

The "about us" section of the Good As You website contains the following explanation of their goals: 
Good As You represents a new generation of GLBT activism. Now is the time for intelligent, progressive-minded individuals to step up and fight for the common rights of which they might be denied. We're here to rally the troops.

We have made it our mission to investigate any organization/media outlet/personality in regards to discriminatory language or actions. In turn we will always extend the opportunity for these individuals or groups to speak on their own behalf, as we do support the First Amendment Right of all.

Marriage equality opponents are airing a new television ad in their quest to stop the expansion of civil rights in Maryland. The following ad regarding Question 6 makes a vague claim that children do best when raised by married, opposite-sex parents.

If this is their argument, perhaps civil rights opponents in Maryland should be working on banning heterosexual parents from divorcing? Otherwise, this argument is a non-sequitor and complete distraction from the simple goal of granting same-sex couples the ability to conduct basic legal transactions in Maryland.

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