Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Will anti-gay propaganda artists obscure truth of marriage equality victories?

In the second victory in as many days for the lgbt community, a federal judge has struck down Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage, making it the 19th state in which lgbts have won the right to marry.

This underlines the fact that there is a trend going on here. We now have control of the tsunami unleashed against us in 2004 by the Republican party which was used to reelect President Bush.

But in the midst of all of this good news, one thing worries me. Will the truth be told?

With Fox News giving anti-gay groups carte blanche to spin their message and countless conservative blogs and false news groups out there, I cringe at the thought that these entities working together will obscure the truth behind our victories.

And that truth is anti-gay groups are trapped in the 30-year apparatus they created to demonize the lgbt community. All of the lies, junk science, cherry-picked science, and anecdotes they have used against us is collapsing on them. They can scare folks to vote against marriage equality but they can't use that crap in court because they would have to admit that its all a lie.

Or to put it another way, remember the words of Marc Mutty, during Question One, a documentary about how NOM aided in defeating marriage equality in Maine in 2009. At the time, Mutty led the campaign:


We use a lot of hyperbole and I think that's always dangerous," says Mutty during a Yes on 1 strategy session, at the time on leave from his job as public affairs director for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine.

"You know, we say things like 'Teachers will be forced to (teach same-sex marriage in schools)!' " he continues. "Well, that's not a completely accurate statement and we all know it isn't, you know?"

"No," interjects a woman off-camera. "We don't say that."

"Let's look back at our ads and see what we say," Mutty persists. "And I think we use hyperbole to the point where, you know, it's like 'Geez!' 

The question is should lgbt victories continue to pile up with regards to marriage equality, will the media even touch this angle. Or will they just hand off the microphone to anti-gay groups and allow them to falsely represent Christianity and spin lies?

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