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Indiana Right-Wing Group Distributes Scare Flier to Churchgoers Warning of Dangers of Gay Marriage: PHOTO

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A church flier being distributed to churches across Indiana by Advance America meant to scare churchgoers about the consequences of same-sex marriage warns that pastors will be jailed, cross-dressing men will be stalking women in restrooms, government will force businesses to cater to gay weddings, and schools will teach children "that gay marriage is normal," the Indy Star reports:

Advance America, led by fundamentalist Christian activist Eric Miller, is among several religious-based organizations fighting at the grass roots to urge Indiana legislators to approve the proposed marriage amendment early next year. It then would go to voters on the November 2014 ballot.

Legal experts and gay-rights activists accuse Advance America of seizing on isolated examples from other states or misconceptions to strike fear into church-goers.

Freedom Indiana, the coalition working to defeat the amendment, says Advance America’s flier is full of “scare tactics.”

One of Advance America’s claims is based on a fierce legal debate in other states. Business owners such as florists and caterers have faced sanctions in some places — especially those that also ban discrimination based on sexual orientation — if they refuse to participate in same-sex weddings. But Indiana’s discrimination law doesn’t include protections based on sexual orientation.

As for the flier’s other claims, PolitiFact and other nonpartisan organizations have disputed their veracity when raised by gay marriage opponents in other states that have debated the issue.

View the flier above.

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  1. The contrasts between the attitudes of my generation and the older generation are so stark it's unbelievable. In any case, the amendment won't survive a federal court challenge if passed. SCOTUS will have the final say.

    Posted by: Anthony | Dec 13, 2013 1:48:21 PM


  2. In the US, you have the separation of church and state yet Christianity permeates every level of politics; in the UK we have a state religion and yet no-one pays any attention. Both countries have plenty of uninformed bigoted idiots but at least our idiots aren't listening to church dogma. I know every state is different but I couldn't bare to even visit a state where the church has a stranglehold let alone live there. I'm not saying Indiana's like that... (is it?) it's just that this sort of Jesus propaganda disgusts me.

    Posted by: Jack Ford | Dec 13, 2013 2:05:58 PM


  3. These people need to learn to rasterize type in Photoshop before rotating it... (see how jumpy the text is in "Eric I Miller, Esq?") total n00b mistake.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 13, 2013 2:09:08 PM


  4. I can't believe that after all of these years, they're still pushing these easily refutable anti-gay myths!

    In regards to number 2, apparently they have never heard of the first amendment. In the nearly ten years that marriage equality has been in America, can they point to even one instance where a pastor has been "tried as a criminal" for preaching the hate that's in the bible?

    And in regards to number 4, apparently they don't realize that's anti-discrimination laws. Has nothing to do with marriage equality.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 13, 2013 2:10:17 PM


  5. Rule #9 no longer applies.

    Posted by: Michael | Dec 13, 2013 2:19:48 PM


  6. @Michael - Rule #9?

    Posted by: Jack Ford | Dec 13, 2013 2:28:42 PM


  7. Homophobia.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Dec 13, 2013 2:34:07 PM


  8. Because we all know that wearing poly cotton blends of clothes mixed with two fabrics and eating shellfish had already damaged the morals of our society.

    If this group wants to "protect marriage" they're flier should have read "Ban divorce. Criminalize adultery." Otherwise it is just another bigoted hate group hiding behind the Bible and hopefully gets their tax-exempt status revoked.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 13, 2013 2:37:43 PM


  9. In churches?

    Don't they know that gay marriage appears nowhere in the Bible, but there's a rather strict rule about "bearing false witness against thy neighbor", otherwise known as LYING.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Dec 13, 2013 3:03:03 PM


  10. Christian businesses?

    Businesses are public accommodations. They don't have a religion.

    Posted by: Vint | Dec 13, 2013 3:44:05 PM


  11. 1, 2 and 3 won't happen by a long shot. 4 might happen in many circumstances. However, it's the flip side of religious protection. Keep in mind you can't go into a Kosher Deli and demand a ham sandwich.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 13, 2013 4:33:38 PM


  12. Number 4 is accurate. But not if Marriage Equality passes (we don't have it here in Oregon and they sue bakers and such for this all the time) but if they either put in sexual orientation or sex into their non-discrimination policies at a State level.

    Trouble is, if you have a PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION YOU HAVE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC - EVEN THE PARTS OF IT YOU DON'T LIKE.

    Posted by: YSOSERIOUS | Dec 13, 2013 6:02:31 PM


  13. If they would notice massachussetts , iowa , and connecticut have suffered the rapture , fallen into the sea and th sun still rises and sets. why don't these people take their voodoo and please put it where the sun don't shine

    Posted by: walter | Dec 13, 2013 6:12:55 PM


  14. Yep, folks, that's my state, the backward, idiotic, homophobic Mississippi of the north.

    Posted by: johnny | Dec 13, 2013 6:49:16 PM


  15. What exactly are the religious views that catering halls can have?
    Can Muslims be discriminated against too?

    Posted by: David | Dec 13, 2013 7:49:07 PM


  16. Whats so funny to me is, whenever you read these "dangers of" list, they mirror the same lists used when ever any minority wants equal rights. The same stupid idea like: that allowing woman to wear pants would destroy the family unit, make teachers teach that little girls should be allowed to act and dress like boys, this condemned in the bible so if a woman shows up in church a pastor will be arrested if he asks her to leave, how is she going to find a good man and raise a good family? Etc. it's always been as stupid as when the same type or arguments were used against woman wearing pants, not to me to on allowing them to get an education and vote. The same goes for when stupidity was/is used to allow black people any rights, immigrants, etc. it's so glaringly obvious I can't be the only one to notice how stupid conservatives are!

    Posted by: Corey Mondello | Dec 14, 2013 10:39:52 AM


  17. Evangelical christians are a vile cancer on the American body politic. Their bigotry is reprehensible. Their involvement in politics is unethical and sinister. Marriage equality is a civil issue not a religious issue, yet it is telling that evangelicals continue to get away with framing the ideals of marriage equality as somehow threatening to the evangelicals' right to "freedom of religion" or "freedom of speech". No one has the right to promote a propaganda such as that which evangelicals promote against gay people, which is based on lies and outright bigotry. This country needs to collectively pick up a mallet and squash evangelicals into oblivion. Otherwise, this nonsense will continue. Imagine! A constitutional amendment to deny a millions of Americans their right to legally marry in a CIVIL context, not religious, but CIVIL.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 14, 2013 2:21:30 PM


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