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5 Lies Maryland’s New Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Uses

5 Lies Maryland’s New Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Uses

Maryland, alongside Washington, will fight this November to retain its fledgling marriage equality law. While we wouldn’t expect anything less from the so-called Maryland Marriage Alliance, their latest ad against marriage equality is a buffet of misdirection and distortion.

Watch the video, entitled “Marriage is More,” below:

Five Lies You Just Heard in Maryland’s Anti-Gay Marriage Video

1) “Marriage, the union of a man and a woman…” – Unless you live in one of America’s six states or the District of Columbia, or one of the several nations, that has legalized marriage equality. It’s about denying reality, folks.

2) “Marriage is more than what adults want for themselves, it’s also about the next generation.” – This pretends that marriage is what makes babies happen. Out-of-wedlock teen mothers bedevil this. Also, we know the “marriage is for procreation” line doesn’t hold water because we do not deny the elderly or the infertile a right to marry.

3) “Marriage provides children with the best chance of being raised by a mother and a father.” – Well, yes it would do if you only let straight people marry and then tie adoption rights to heterosexuals-only marriage, as has happened in some states.

4) “Children do best when raised by their married mom and dad.” — The implication of this non sequitur is that children need a mother and father in order to flourish. No peer reviewed, consensus-backed study has shown that the gender of a child’s parents matters, and there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that same-sex parents provide kids with just as nurturing an upbringing as their straight counterparts.

5) “Nobody is entitled to redefine marriage.” — Really, because we’ve been doing it for quite  a while now. From contracting for land, to trading women for cattle, to allowing multiple partner marriages, and, yes, allowing same-sex marriage; marriage has been redefined countless times throughout the ages. Furthermore, we as a society do have the right to change what we consider a civil marriage, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to define away gay marriage rights, and therein also have a right to end the inequality same-sex couples face in tax laws, state level recognition and federal benefits, all of which are tied to marriage.

And lastly, no one should have the right to disenfranchise a group of people based on a religious opinion of social and sexual conduct that has no basis in fact — but that is literally all the anti-gay rights crowd has at their disposal to argue why same-sex marriage shouldn’t be allowed.

As noted above, Marylanders will go to the ballot on November 6 to consider Question 6. The text appears below and you will note the legislation could not be more clear when it comes to religious exemptions:

Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license, provided they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and provides that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.

Voters will choose to either vote For or Against the new law.

Recent polls suggest voters may narrowly favor allowing same-sex marriage, with some polls registering as much as an eight point lead.

Given that same-sex marriage has never won at the ballot, however, equal rights groups are now working overtime to help potentially make Maryland the first state to legalize same-sex marriage by majority vote.

 

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8:59AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Thanks.

3:19PM PST on Nov 13, 2012

If I remember the wording of the religious marriage ceremony correctly, doesn't it say "Whom God has joined together, let no man tear asunder"? That makes divorce even worse than same-sex marriage!!!!! Come on people, marriage, as the Christian Right sees it, disappeared a long time ago, with good reason.

4:50AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

It is exactly this type of BS that drove me out of the catholic religion..... most of the "faithful" I have met in my 52 years on this Earth have been the biggest hypocrites, liars, and haters. And the bible, the koran and other "religious" doctrine were written by men, not gods, and are quite full of hate and contradiction throughout. Most gay people I have met have been more truthful and kind, and much less judgmental.

BTW, I am a heterosexual woman, married for 32 years with 3 kids, one granddaughter and a grandson on the way.

Love is love...and those who love each other should be allowed to commit to each other.....and be just as happy or miserable as the heterosexuals that get married.

1:23PM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Now, Tricia H., who do you want to rot in hell? I'm confused. Please be clear.

10:14AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

You know you people are pigs don't you? ROT IN HELL!!!

8:11PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Elaine A.- It's hard to stop being a bigot, but you ought to try. I assume your hateful anti-gay beliefs stem from what some priest told you was a sin. If you were a true christian, you wouldn't spew bigoted remarks that judge others (um, wasn't that God's job?) when Jesus himself said to love one another and criticized those who tried to shut certain people out. Remember? No? All you care about is what the "church" (group of men) says and you cherry pick words and phrases from the Bible that you think make your argument sound. Guess what...that's what slave owners did to keep their slaves in line too. It is not your place to deny the committed love of two consenting adults. You're Elaine A., not God.

8:02PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Grace what are you talking about? The amount of ignorance you just displaced is shameful and horrifying. Please, google information before spewing bullshit.

Elaine, just because you repeat the same lies, doesn't make it true. Funny thing about science and it's evidence, you can be ignorant of it and deny its findings if known, but it doesn't make it true. Studies have shown that the more a person exhibits homophobic comments and actions, and from seeing the stuff you post, you must be so deep in the closet, you are in Naria.

4:32PM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Well written article, thank you. It is scary just how convinced some people are that their way is the right way and anyone who believes anything else is, by definition, wrong. I can't imagine being so smug and self-righteous as to believe that I knew better than other people what is best for them!

Why don't you go live your *own* lives instead of trying to tell people how to live theirs?

10:55AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

This whole article reeks of falsehoods, simply to attempt to justify that which is not natural!!!

10:26AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

The real shame is all of the energy poured into this kind of hate that could be used instead for good like starving children. Of course I get that 'they' think it's for the good. But I just can't wrap my head around that. All I can think is they are terrified of change and don't really know how to think for themselves.

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