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Watch: NOM Releases New Ad Against Marriage Equality

Looks like The National Organization for Marriage is still trying to associate the King name with their cause.

Mlkjr NOM, which earlier this month released ad attacking New Hampshire Governor John Lynch for signing gay marriage into law, has now partnered with The Minnesota Family Council to release an ad that encourages voters to support Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer because he does not support marriage equality. The ad uses images and soundbites of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a voice-over that is a vacuous and blatant scare tactic.

Says the ad:

"Gay marriage has consequences. Legal experts predict same-sex marriage will result in a flood of lawsuits against individuals, small businesses and religious groups who don’t accept it. When Massachusetts imposed gay marriage, second graders were taught that boys could marry other boys. In the District of Columbia, Catholic Charities was forced to end its eight-decade old adoption and foster care programs."

Watch the very predictable radio spot which has been turned into a Web video, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. And this is in an election season with no marriage questions on the ballot. They're salivating at the prospect that they may be able to push their disgraceful "Federal Marriage Amendment" again come January.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Oct 17, 2010 8:32:03 PM

  2. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it simply: Give US THE RIGHT TO VOTE TO TAKE AWAY THE VOTES OF OTHERS! Dr. King was all about tyranny of the majority and didn't...I dunno...give his life to fighting for the equality of a minority...that groups like NOM (mormon funded, which makes this racist, too...because the mormon church is extremely racist) would have opposed if it existed back then. This is a new low for them.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 17, 2010 8:41:22 PM

  3. and rights of others...

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 17, 2010 8:42:34 PM

  4. I wonder if the King family can sue them for using his image.

    Has King's image passed into public domain territory?

    Posted by: | Oct 17, 2010 9:14:25 PM

  5. not thrilled to see a tom horner ad here....oh well.

    Posted by: normadesmond | Oct 17, 2010 9:17:20 PM

  6. quick google and yeah many pics of King are public domain (not all)

    Blah, anyway chalk this up to a waste of NOM $ like the Latino bus they tried. 90% of registered african american voters vote democratic party and despise repubs despite the token Michael steele

    NOM is a repub thing so this is a waste of $ on their part

    Posted by: | Oct 17, 2010 9:19:47 PM

  7. The problem with putting it up to an open vote to the people is it becomes a "popularity vote" then. You know what happened with slavery or women's suffrage? Let's face it, people are arogant, and people's rights should not be put to a vote by the people. It really shouldn't be left up to elected official that are being bought off either, but let's hope our court system is allowed to do its job when corruption is found to affect our rights, like how it was set up to do.

    Posted by: Garst | Oct 17, 2010 9:41:22 PM

  8. It's a shame Coretta Scott King isn't around to set them straight. On the other hand, it's probably a blessing that she didn't live to see her husband's image used this way.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 17, 2010 9:57:26 PM

  9. @MSTROZFCKSLV@YAHOO.COM, blacks may be 90% democrat, but the majority of California blacks in 2008 voted in favor of marriage inequality.

    Posted by: Vince In Weho | Oct 17, 2010 10:05:49 PM

  10. Catholic charities weren't forced to do anything. They CHOSE to end their adoption program.

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 17, 2010 10:49:20 PM

  11. Catholic Charities was forced to end its decades-old adoption service? Really? Forced? By whom? They CHOSE to end it, based on their own bigotry and homophobia. NOM -- National Org. for Misinformation.

    Posted by: ToddinHonduras | Oct 17, 2010 10:53:39 PM

  12. Reading the text for the ad it basically says that Gay marriage will be bad for bigots.

    Isn't their an organization that should be releasing 30 second clips to counter this bs?

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 17, 2010 10:59:07 PM

  13. Vince

    Yeah 70% of AA voters and 50% of latinos and 40% of whites and 42% of asians voted for prop 8

    BUT this NOM commercial is not about voting on an amendment, it is about voting for a Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer

    this is a waste of $ as it will not turn any AA voters to vote for a republican

    Now if it was a commercial for an amendment taking away gay rights then that would be a different thing

    Posted by: | Oct 17, 2010 11:02:04 PM

  14. Minnesota is Ground Zero in the midterms in terms of its potential impact on our prospects of extending marriage equality to additional states in the next couple of years. NOM knows it and they'll be going all out over the next couple of weeks to boost the extreme homophobe nominated by the Republicans. We need to be as involved in the effort to instead elect the Democrat (DFLer), Mark Dayton, an unapologetic supporter of marriage equality. Go to to get involved.

    Posted by: Patric | Oct 17, 2010 11:16:36 PM

  15. In other words, this is an ad made by the tax-evasion money-laundering group NOM to allow the LDS Church (and possibly the Catholic Church) to promote specific candidates without having to give up their tax-exemption.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Oct 17, 2010 11:25:20 PM

  16. Mark Dayton and Tom Horner are going to force men to marry men and women, women?? WTF? How do they come up with this shit? I just want to marry the man I love, who is gay like me! The only effect it will have on the country is equality for all people! The catholic and mormon theocrats and the repugs cannot be allowed to win this time. I've known for 50 years that I wanted to marry a man and I was so pissed I couldn't; now it's so close I can taste it nd I have the man to marry! LET ME!

    Posted by: mad1026 | Oct 17, 2010 11:43:16 PM

  17. There is a fundemental wrong when it comes to having a civil rights issue become subject to a status quo vote. Dr. King knew that as well, that's why you never hear him speak about pushing a vote for civil rights.

    OH NO 2nd graders learned that gays exist?!
    Tuff cookies. I have an extremely smart Nephew who is only 4 ask me in front of my family, "Uncle why do you like boys?".

    I didn't push the issue off. I just told him that's how some people are. I asked him, "well why do you like girls?". He just shrugged and said, "I just do." So there you have it.

    Civil rights are civil rights BECAUSE they are not the status quo. People have a right to vote on crap, but if what they vote on is found unconstitutional, then it's not valid. NOM is seriously mistaken here.

    BTW Isn't Minnesota Al Franken's territory? He could and should be able to counter NOM easily there.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 18, 2010 12:08:54 AM

  18. "Gay marriage" does have consequences: equality, protecting more families, added revenue for states that are on the right side of history. Those are the real consequences. NOM's list of consequences are the lies and fantasies of hate-filled people unnaturally obsessed with homosexuality. What NOM knows but doesn't want to acknowledge is that once marriage equality comes to pass, as it has in my state, no one but those directly affected by it (gay couples) and a tiny bigoted (generally old and faux-religious) minority really gives a flying f*ck, because it truly does not impact heterosexual lives one iota. That's the secret NOM doesn't want let out.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 18, 2010 12:16:15 AM

  19. They want some MLK Jr, I'll give them some....

    "When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative."

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

    "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

    "Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal."

    "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."

    "Now, I say to you today my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: - 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"

    Posted by: CB | Oct 18, 2010 2:02:35 AM

  20. Martin Luther King, Jr. most be rolling in his grave right now.

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Oct 18, 2010 4:11:10 AM

  21. @MSTROZFCKSLV@YAHOO.COM, blacks may be 90% democrat, but the majority of California blacks in 2008 voted in favor of marriage inequality.

    Posted by: Vince In Weho | Oct 17, 2010 10:05:49 PM

    Miss WeHo Vince obviosuly you have a hatred with African American because you're still pushng this lie.

    (In their statistical analysis, Egan and Sherrill found that the exit polls dramatically overstated African-American support for Proposition 8. According to the two professors, 58 percent of African-Americans voted for the measure. By comparison, 59 percent of Latinos and Hispanics supported it, along with 49 percent of whites and 48 percent of Asians)

    The rest of the article is here! and you can read it as well!

    And also remember 81% of republicans voted for the measure and what race they were? Caucasian!

    Posted by: chris | Oct 18, 2010 5:40:57 AM

  22. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, but prior to her death Coretta Scott King was in favor of gay marriage; even going so far as to calling those who are opposed gay bashers!
    Here are just a few links:

    Posted by: Jeff Dunivant | Oct 18, 2010 8:06:02 AM

  23. thanx chris for the link

    Posted by: | Oct 18, 2010 10:53:35 AM

  24. The "consequences" in Massachusetts have been thousands of happily-married couples, well-reared kids, and no effect whatsoever on straight marriage, straight families, or childhood education. Bigots just make up shit when their case is weak.

    Posted by: wimsy | Oct 18, 2010 11:21:49 AM

  25. YEP Republican TOM EMMER--
    TARGET'S Choice for Governor bought and paid for by NOM and your TARGET Store.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Oct 18, 2010 3:43:36 PM

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