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Gavin Newsom Featured in Anti-Gay 'Yes on Prop 8' Ad


Backers of Proposition 8, the measure that would ban same-sex marriage in California, have bought $10 million worth of airtime to broadcast this new ad featuring San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announcing, "It is going to happen now, whether you like it or not." It's Newsom's speech on the day that the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the state.

In contrast, opponents of Proposition 8 began broadcasting an ad last week with a much gentler tone.

Watch the 'Yes on 8' ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

No on Prop 8 campaign manager Dale Kelly Bankhead sent out an alert yesterday slamming the ads claims:

"Their ad claims that the California Supreme Court "mandated" the right to marry for same-sex couples and, as a result, school children will be taught about same-sex marriage unless Prop 8 passes. Of course it's a blatant lie. What the Court did was uphold the Constitution's promise of equality. And the proponents know that their claim that the law requires that children be taught about same-sex marriage in school is also a lie, just like the other false claims in their misleading ad. But honesty clearly is not a value that the proponents of Prop 8 believe in."

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  1. That was such a pathetic ad... the only people that I think it would appeal to is their base, who is going to vote for Prop 8 anyway. It seemed very hysterical to me... and who is this Professor from Pepperdine anyway - he knows the facts he is spouting off are inaccurate. How embarrassing! And they are spending $10 Million on this ad? Isn't that half of what they have raised so far...but then again, I've been wondering what their ads would look like, it's not as if they have a lot of leeway... a pig is still a pig. Hopefully, their hateful agenda will shine through and everyone will just realize the Prop 8 supporters just hate gay people.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 30, 2008 9:41:35 AM

  2. I emailed him ( a one-line question asking him to clarify his suggestions. What he says is untrue, so I'm confused as to why he would lie on TV.

    Posted by: sexyback | Sep 30, 2008 12:43:01 PM

  3. Here's a brilliant website designed to combat this kind hateful and archaic thinking:


    Posted by: Matt | Sep 30, 2008 1:35:28 PM

  4. I have heard much discussion about the No on 8 ad but not much discussion on a No on 8 ad that had been appearing for a few weeks. The ad featured a woman trying to make it to the alter to marry her fiance but was being thwarted at every turn. The tag line was something similar to "what if you couldnt' marry the person you wanted"

    Very affective and, in fact, I think more affective than the current No on 8 ad.

    Just my two cents.

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 30, 2008 2:29:41 PM

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