Marriage Ban Supporters Release Misleading New Ad in Minnesota
October 25, 2012 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
Today, supporters of the amendment that would ban marriage equality in Minnesota released an ad using a story that has been refuted by national and local media outlets.
The ad, which you can watch on YouTube, features a Massachusetts couple, David and Tonia Parker, who warn parents about what will happen if marriage equality comes to Minnesota.
“If marriage is redefined in Minnesota, same sex marriage could be taught in local schools, just as it was in Massachusetts,” Tonia Parker says in the ad. “Don't make the same mistake and think that gay marriage won't affect you.”
In fact, the amendment in Minnesota has nothing to do with what will be taught in schools. It is about whether Minnesota wants to permanently limit the freedom to marry for committed and loving gay and lesbian couples in the state. If Minnesota voters defeat the amendment, there will be no change to state law – marriage for gay and lesbian couples still won’t be legal.
Minnesotans United for All Families, the coalition working to defeat the discriminatory amendment, released a document that finds that the 30-second ad is rife with misleading statements such as these.
Read this document from Minnesotans United to learn the facts about the ad and the amendment.
HRC is a proud supporter of the coalition, Minnesotans United for All Families, working to defeat the amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. HRC has set up a special fund – HRC Minnesota Family Freedom PAC – to direct 100 percent of your contribution to defeat the anti-marriage constitutional amendment in Minnesota.