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NOM Prays Tired Lies Will Stop Rhode Island Marriage Equality


The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee last night set the date for a vote on that state's marriage equality bill: next Tuesday. With passage looking more likely, the panicked anti-gay activists at NOM are pulling a familiar, desperate trick: placing a full-page, lie-filled ad in the local newspaper.

Luckily, the recently launched coalition Rhode Islanders United For Marriage was ready to strike down their claims in a lengthy press release. Here are two examples:

    •    Claim: Marriage equality legislation will force schools to change curricula. For example, opponents of marriage equality have said, "In Massachusetts, children as young as second grade have been taught about homosexual marriage in class."

    •    Fact: Minnesota Public Radio has called this claim misleading: "There's no evidence that same-sex marriage is taught throughout Massachusetts, and the state doesn't require such curriculum." The claim was also previously debunked by PolitiFact Rhode Island, which rated it "false."


        •    Claim: Small businesses that oppose marriage equality will face lawsuits.

        •    Fact: A Seattle Times investigation "failed to turn up any evidence that same-sex marriage had produced a rash of suits involving businesspeople." The Times "also checked with human rights commissions in four of the six states where marriage is legal; the commissions said there was not an increase in discrimination findings or suits involving same sex marriage."

Check out the main text of their ad, via Joe.My.God, AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. RIUFM's statements are eerily reminiscent of the No on Prop 8 campaign. Denial of lies is a waste of money.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Jan 17, 2013 5:37:09 PM

  2. Christ would be so proud of this hateful lie festival. oh yeah and all the bearing false witness too.

    Posted by: John Normile | Jan 17, 2013 5:49:16 PM

  3. There is nothing Christian about NOM, FRC, or any religious organization. It's all about personal bigotry and they parse the bible to suit their needs. They are the ugliest of the neanderthalic lizard brains. Imagine if gays received all the rights they're entitled to and all of heterosexuality suddenly stopped having sex because of it. Honestly, those lustful cockmonster wannabes. We're having all the fun and they're not -- in some small way that pleases me

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Jan 17, 2013 7:26:17 PM

  4. I wake up every morning and read the NYTimes Obits in hopes that tomorrow will be the day that Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher are on the list.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jan 17, 2013 7:27:02 PM

  5. If "children are entitled . . . then shouldn't NOM be lobbying for elimination of divorce laws? At minimum after a child has been born to an opposite-sex couple, shouldn't it be illegal for them to divorce until the child is an adult? Or mandatory abortions for straight women who become pregnant while unmarried? Or castration for straight men who aren't married to the mother of their child?

    If marriage is in trouble, it's because the people who've been practicing it for millenia -- straights -- have messed it up.

    NOM's really focusing on the wrong thing.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Jan 17, 2013 8:03:27 PM

  6. Probably the ad costed a few thousand dollars. Where is their million dollar budget this time?

    Posted by: simon | Jan 17, 2013 10:36:13 PM

  7. I thought CONservatives hated entitlements.

    @JPECKJR Spot on!

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 18, 2013 2:10:06 AM

  8. @JPECKJR: they should also ban giving kids up for adoption.

    Posted by: LIZA | Jan 18, 2013 3:01:18 AM

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