As you can see by the above video, the National Organization for Marriage is exploiting the David Parker controversy.
The following is the story Parker and NOM wants to push - David Parker, a Massachusetts father was concerned that his son was learning about gay marriage and same-sex relationships in school. He asked that his son be opted out when there were discussions of homosexuality (i.e. same-sex families) because of an opt-out policy involving sex education. Instead of working with him, the school, Joseph Estabrook Elementary, gave him the runaround and subsequently had him arrested.
Of course the truth includes a lot of details which Parker omitted. When his son brought home a book which mentioned a same-sex family (editor's note - Parker's son was given what was called a "diversity book bag." This wouldn't have happened had Parker signed the form which would have opted his son out of receiving the book bag). When Parker informed the school of this, they assured him that "learning about homosexuality" was not a part of his son's curriculum. They also told Parker that opting his son out of discussions of same-sex families was not possible because some children in his son's class are from those environments and children talking about their families isn't the same as learning about sex education. Parker was subsequently arrested for trespassing when he would not leave the school after a meeting with school officials.
It's a story which I and others have debunked repeatedly. Not that it matters, of course because you know how religious right organizations work. Once they find a "good story" about supposedly oppressive homosexuals, they repeat it constantly no matter how many times it has been proven to be false.
But with Parker, there is a subliminal distaste which should be noted and brought to the forefront.
The message of the video seems to be thus - homosexuals want to sway your children's minds while they are young so parents have to be on guard.
The video doesn't talk derogatorily about same-sex families. It doesn't even acknowledge that they exist.
And that's the problem. Same-sex families exist in every state in the country. And there is nothing wrong or dangerous with children being told of this fact because that's what it is - a simple fact.
Same sex families exist and they are as normal as heterosexual families.
An outcome of what NOM is pushing would lead to the children in these households being given covert messages that their families are inferior. And that's wrong.
Why should a little girl or little boy with gay parents be made to feel like there something wrong with their households - and subsequently them - just to accommodate those who think they have the patent on the word "family?"
So I am with any school who defends the rights of children to be proud of their families.
The video above seeks to erase these families from minds.
But you can't erase something you had no hand in creating.
(Editor's note - the video's like/dislike button and its comment sections are not disabled. By all means feel free to register your opinions of this trash.)