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Baltimore FOX Affiliate Helps Gather Names for Maryland Voter Referendum on Marriage Equality


Baltimore's WBFF FOX45 is helping anti-gay activists gather signatures for a voter referendum on marriage equality. See link (lower right) in front page banner image I've screencapped above.

Writes Kevin Naff at the Blade:

So much for “fair and balanced.” I wonder what the gay employees of Fox News and its affiliates — like anchor Shepard Smith — think about the company endorsing this referendum. Let WBFF and Fox know what you think of their marriage opposition, email or call 410-467-4545.

A WBFF employee who works on the website told me that the link did not originate with the local web staff and was posted by “corporate.” The number for that office is 410-568-1500. The person who answered that number referred me back to the local station.

Governor Martin O'Malley has not even signed the bill into law yet. That happens this Thursday.

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  1. This station is owned by Sinclair, a notoriously dodgy broadcaster. Blame this one on Sinclair, not Fox.

    Posted by: RJ | Feb 28, 2012 9:34:18 AM

  2. Holy crap, Blame it on fox dude, THERE IS NO ARTICLE. It's just a link to the petition, no information.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Feb 28, 2012 9:39:33 AM

  3. time to start organizing against renewing their station license. if they want to be part of the political process let them take the consequences of their action.

    Posted by: walter | Feb 28, 2012 9:40:11 AM

  4. Go to their the WBFF Fox 45 Facebook page and post something!! Do it quickly before they block comments...

    Posted by: jay | Feb 28, 2012 9:49:23 AM

  5. "Governor Martin O'Malley has not even signed the bill into law yet."

    By law, in Maryland, the petitioning can begin as soon as both houses of the legislature have passed the bill. Official work on the referendum does not have to wait for the Governor's signature.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Feb 28, 2012 9:53:06 AM

  6. Aren't there any black people in Baltimore? Judging by that banner, apparently not.

    Posted by: Stranded | Feb 28, 2012 10:07:03 AM

  7. Jeffrey in St. Louis. That is not the point! They can start gathering signatures whenever they want, but this effort to take away our rights is being done before the ink is even dry on the law. It's hostile.

    Posted by: Laurie | Feb 28, 2012 10:12:38 AM

  8. Time to challenge their broadcast license. Time to start a letter writing campaign and to boycott station sponsors. What many don't know is, the public owns the airwaves and all broadcast stations must meet basic requirements of service to the community they serve. Time to start fighting back and challenging licenses with the FCC. Time to start making noise about returning to the "Fairness Doctrine" and "Equal Time" laws that strike fear into the hearts of the broadcast media and need to be revisited.

    Posted by: Bob R | Feb 28, 2012 10:19:03 AM

  9. I wonder how the enemies of marriage equality would react if we started our own petition to remove the tax-exempt status of all religious cults interfering, promoting and contributing to hate groups who are responsible for these mob rule referenda?

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Feb 28, 2012 10:19:45 AM

  10. I wrote to the station and got this response right away:

    "As part of our effort to drive viewers to our website, we frequently tag our stories with an invitation to get more information on a subject. We take every opportunity to engage the viewer in this interactive process. The link for the petition drive against same sex marriage is just one of many examples of this interactive engagement. This is by no means an endorsement. All of our stories on this topic have been thorough and fair. Our objective is to inform our viewers and make them aware of the latest development with this piece of legislation. If our viewers want to have a voice in this debate, they can take action. We are only making them aware of the movement to fight the legislation."

    I wrote back and said that I'm expecting to see an ad for Marylanders for Marriage Equality on their site soon. I won't hold my breath.

    Posted by: Laurie | Feb 28, 2012 11:10:59 AM

  11. Laurie - I got the same response and called them out on it - Did you hear back?

    Posted by: EarlA3 | Feb 28, 2012 11:25:52 AM

  12. thank's for the information buddy, realy good tips for me..cheers

    Posted by: | Feb 28, 2012 12:03:25 PM

  13. @Earl, yeah, they wrote back once more with a link to all their coverage of the story/issue. Not sure why that's relevant because we're talking about ad space, not news stories. They just don't get it.

    Posted by: Laurie | Feb 28, 2012 12:27:03 PM

  14. If the link posting order originated at corporate NY headquarters of News Corp., it's perfectly understandable. It's the people who want you dead or in a new Buchenwald death camp. So, all you queens who work for the Murdoch empire, go right on taking the blood money. As I said before on here, you are Benedict Arnolds and Quislings, and just like the jews in "Schindler's List" who got a few weeks more life by leading their own into the cattle cars bound for the deathcamps. Don't you read what's happening with Murdoch in the UK??? Oh right, as long as you've got your drugs and porn life is beautiful. Just party on.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Feb 28, 2012 1:26:11 PM

  15. I called them and all I got was that same statement that they are promoting it without endorsing it. The poor woman who had to read that statement to me was very embarrassed. She also couldn't tell me if the link and the statement came from corporate or from their local affiliate. As much as I love the Simpsons, and a few other Fox programs, I think I am done.

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 28, 2012 2:19:58 PM

  16. I just went to the link and am pretty disgusted by it, but i'm not surprised that fox is doing this. No doubt in my home state it will be on the ballot, they only need 55,000 and most likely voters will vote to overturn what lawmarkers passed. It's not right, I don't see how the public get's to vote on whom can get married to whom. It's between two consenting adults, not the whole state. This system that we have is really twisted and unjust. If voters vote to overturn the law, I say advocates fight it to the end to get their equality. It's going to get very ugly over this fight on marriage equality.

    Posted by: curt | Feb 28, 2012 3:45:36 PM

  17. Fox 45 now also has a link for Equality Maryland under the other link. Maybe the calls worked!

    Posted by: AJ | Feb 28, 2012 4:09:39 PM

  18. First of all, when will these morons understand that referendums in regards to civil rights issue are unconstitutional? The Supreme Court has ruled against popular opinion in favor of equal rights time and again and each time they've said that it is the duty of the government to protect the rights of the minority against the majority. They ALSO ruled that marriage is a right, ergo, referendums about marriage are unconstitutional to begin with.

    Aside from that, Walter is right. There needs to start being consequences for organizations -- religious or otherwise, which begin stepping into the political arena when they do not belong there. Religious organizations should lose their tax exempt status, news stations should be unable to renew their licenses.

    I'm glad to see everyone's outrage over this convinced them to add a link to Equality Maryland but it's still completely outrageous to begin with.

    Posted by: Grahamburger | Feb 28, 2012 10:59:22 PM

  19. It's Fox people!!! The most virulently anti-gay station!!! What else do you expect?!!!

    Posted by: Jeffrey Dunivant | Feb 29, 2012 5:30:31 AM

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