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.