Monday, February 03, 2014

Anti-gay ad or parody of anti-gay ad? How can you tell the difference?

If one would compare an actual anti-marriage equality ad to a parody of an anti-marriage equality ad, the main issue is not guessing which one is which, but noting how eerily similar they both are:

'Spooky claims about CA transgender student law proven to be wrong' and other Monday midday news briefs

One Month Later: How California's Transgender Student Law Is Affecting Public Schools - This is so shocking . . . that anti-lgbt lies have been proven wrong YET AGAIN. All of the nonsense they spun about men and boys "invading girls' bathrooms and locker rooms haven't come true and it simply won't. 

Daily Caller: "Transgender Dudes" Are Forcing Their Way Into Female Bathrooms - Not that it matters when there is a good lie to sell.  

Focus on the Family's resident 'ex-gay' equates marriage inequality with eliminating slavery - Dear predominantly white anti-gay group, your efforts to sow discrimination against same-sex couples (many of them being African-American) is NOT comparable to ending slavery, no matter how many times you claim that it is.  

Brookdale to offer same-sex spousal benefits in response to lawsuit - Excellent! Equality wins again!  

Agema: Stop 'Shoving This Idea Down Our Throat' Of The 'Homosexual Lifestyle' - The semantics of the language here is not accidental but carefully planned.

News Flash - Prop 8 WAS about hate . . . and fear . . . and exploitation

I was reading comments on various issues last night and ran into something which got me angry.

I forget where but the commentator was running that line about how the fight for Proposition 8 was not about hatred but to "protect marriage." And then the commentator segued into the same talking points about how "unfair" it is that those who don't support marriage equality are considered as "haters."

And it got me angry because I realized just how much lgbt brothers and sisters let pass when we are besieged by these arguments. We seem to be put on the defensive by this argument only because we don't get specific.

Whenever I hear someone whine about how the opposition to marriage equality is not about hatred, I make it a point to remind them that if it weren't, then why is there any need to push the false idea that somehow marriage equality will harm children:


How marriage equality opponents exploited the argument against marriage equality to appeal to people's fear about their children is a subject we haven't talked about enough. It's a very appropriate subject because this exploitation was used not only in the Prop 8 ballot initiative but others as well, including that in Maryland. And remember, according to Mark Mutty, organizer who worked against marriage equality in Maryland (unsuccessfully I might add), this is argument is untrue and is used to garner attention via fear:

Maybe it's just me, but from where I come from, it is rather bigoted imply that lgbt equality will somehow harm children. It's an implication which those who oppose marriage equality have used time and time again. And unfortunately, we don't do enough to remind them of this fact.