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Michelle Obama is Anti-Gay (She Just Doesn’t Know It)

Michelle Obama is Anti-Gay (She Just Doesn’t Know It)

The Maryland Marriage Alliance is getting desperate. When it’s not busy hosting events where speakers freely postulate gays are worthy of death, they’re running ads lying that Michelle Obama supports their anti-gay agenda “whether she realizes it or not” — and they’ve edited down Michelle’s DNC speech to make sure it sounds that way.

In a recent advertisement, the Maryland Marriage Alliance willfully clips Michelle Obama’s words to make it appear that she, unknowingly, agrees with their assertion that marriage equality legislation that will be on the ballot as Question 6 will somehow damage heterosexual parenting if voters don’t reject the new law.

Watch the video (h/t Good As You) below:

Michelle Obama’s widely praised DNC speech was anything but anti-gay and contained several allusions to gay equality, making this advertisement not only patronizing to Michelle Obama, as though she doesn’t know her own mind, but also grossly misleading about the First Lady’s politics.

We should not be surprised by this, however. The Maryland Marriage Alliance has been heavily criticized for its half-truths and, indeed, its escalating rhetoric against gay people.

Indeed, one speaker at a Maryland Marriage Alliance event has been caught on (the group’s own) film saying, free of censure, “If we don’t vote against it [Question 6], then we are approving of these things that are worthy of death!”

Watch the video below:

The pastor speaking in this clip, while not directly part of the group’s day-to-day workings, is sat next to Maryland Marriage Alliance head Derek McCoy who doesn’t seem to object to this statement one bit.

The recording was made at a Manna Bible Baptist Church town hall meeting dated 10-19-2012, a full video of which can be found here.

This may give a clue as to the religious extremism that underpins the more media-friendly discourse groups like the Marriage Alliance try to propagate.

Maryland’s Marriage Equality Legislation Protects Religious Freedom

Maryland’s Question 6 asks voters whether they would like to vote “For” or “Against” Maryland’s referred Civil Marriage Protection Act that was passed in February of this year and signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley on March 1.

The bill’s name refers to the New York state-inspired religious protections included within the law which states in no uncertain terms that allowing marriage equality will not affect religious freedoms in any way. The law:

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.

As you can see, the text could not be more clear that this legislation in no way impacts religious rights. However, Maryland’s Marriage Alliance is running a platform on those old stalwarts of “redefining marriage for everyone” and, as seen above, “children need a mother and father,” neither of which should be convincing.

If poll numbers translate come voting day, Maryland could be one of the first states where marriage equality survives the ballot.

An October poll of Maryland’s likely voters suggests that 52% would vote yes to approve marriage equality at the ballot, while only 43% would vote no, a significant margin that seems to have marriage equality foes worried.

 

Related Reading:

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

Maryland: Marriage Equality Will Go to the Ballot

Financial Woes for Maryland Gay Marriage Foes?

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2:28PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

I don't know what I found more repulsive, this pastor, or the people who were applauding his ignorance and sheer stupidity.

10:48AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

I am not going to waste my time watching a video that these despicable people have made, twisting an amazing and inspiring woman's words into hate speech.

The irony is that one day their 'god's judgement' they talk about so often will turn to them, and their hatred and intolerance would not be forgiven by even the most merciful god. Shame on them, they have no right to proclaim to represent religion when they are pushing their own prejudice agenda.

11:37PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Frankly, chosing a partner is none of anyone elses business.

11:36PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

I have seen political enemies attack one another but I have never seen a political party just full of lying people like the republicans this time around. Maybe it's because being a high mormon priest, Father Romney according to his religious beliefs, allows him to lie if the gains are worthy. So it's contageous now.
In February 2003, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States so they have been at this for quite some time. But to have a candidate blatantly lie on a constant basis, is unprecidented in my lifetime.

2:59PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:25PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

I believe both sides to this argument need to take a long look at themselves and just learn to get on with their lives and stop trying to put themselves on a pedestal as the only place to go if they let go is down.

10:45PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Kathy P. - great post!

7:13PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

This actually has a lot of depth. It is a very terrifying thought. I identify as an atheist, and have approximately 850 Facebook "friends". Of those, 10 to 15 openly identify as atheist or agnostic. The majority of the remainder consider themselves Christians. Their holy text supports this type of behavior. If so many followers so openly speak in favor of death for gays, how many would also willingly act this out? How many would go so far to support something that could, according to their Book, determine if they are heaven or hell bound? It's a real worry. A real issue. One that is monumental and holds a lot of gravity. We should all be concerned. These people mean business, and are dangerous. How many times have they proven they are a threat to their targets? Civil rights movement comes to mind. The crusades. Wars and hatred and spouting of extremist views. Beware. They won't give up without a fight, and sadly even now it could get bloody. People make me so sad

12:25PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Let Love Reign!

10:58AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Well said, Patti!

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