With the recent marriage equality victories in Iowa and Vermont, anti-gay bigots are quite understandably freaking out — what with the impression they’re getting that maybe people in this country are coming around and at least starting to very slightly see the error of their ways. Well, bigots can’t have that! So NOM has launched this new advertisement, which is called “Gathering Storm.” And it’s, well, wow.
“There’s a storm gathering. The clouds are dark and the winds are strong and I am afraid. Some who advocate for same sex marriage have taken the issue far beyond same sex couples. They want to bring the issue into my life. My freedom will be taken away. I’m a California doctor who must choose between my faith and my job. I’m part of a New Jersey church group punished by the government because we can’t support same sex marriage. I’m a Massachusetts parent helpless watching public schools teach my son that gay marriage is okay. But some who advocate same sex marriage have not been content with same sex couples living as they wish. Those advocates want to change the way I live. I will have no choice. The storm is coming. But we have hope, a rainbow coalition of people of every creed and color are coming together in love to protect marriage. Paid for by National Organization for Marriage which is responsible for the content of this ad.”
Oh noes! I’m a doctor who can’t legally refuse to treat people . . . because they’re, uh . . . married? What? Oh, actually I just want to be able to refuse to see LGBT patients at my leisure. I’m a parent whose school is teaching my child not to hate people!!!!! Even worse, I’m a member of a church group, and the government is punishing us because . . . oh wait, separation of church and state. Actually, the government can’t do anything about what me and my hateful little church group do, so long as we’re engaging in private activities, so I’m just making stuff up now. (The actual events that are behind each and everyone of these lies can be found here.)
And seriously? A rainbow coalition? They have a rainbow coalition? Yay, co-opting the language of your opposition!
Anyway, the fact is that ridiculous though it sounds to those of us who know better and aren’t as susceptible to hate-mongering, this kind of thing actually worked in California.
And interestingly, with the knowledge that ballot initiatives will likely be the only chance for marriage equality in California, that’s exactly where the ad seems to be getting a whole lot of airplay. The Courage Campaign in California is therefore encouraging you to donate as a part of a campaign to raise $25,000 in matching funds.
Pam has more. If you know of any other groups who are taking action or launching rebuttals, leave the information in the comments.