Anti-Equality Chairman Admits To Lying To Voters, When Will NOM Do The Same?
April 19, 2011 4:05 pm ET by Carlos Maza
Earlier this week, clips surfaced from a soon-to-be-released documentary about Maine’s 2009 marriage equality fight. One clip shows Marc Mutty, who served as the chairman of the “Yes On 1” (anti-marriage equality) campaign, admitting that he had not been “completely accurate” in the arguments he used to sway voters against equality:
MUTTY: One of the problems that I have – I know we need to do what we need to do – is slam people over the head, not only with a 2 by 4, but a 2 by 4 with nails sticking out of it. Unfortunately I think it’s a lousy approach but it’s the only thing we’ve got, and it’s the only way – that’s the way campaigns work. And we use a lot of hyperbole, and I think that’s always dangerous. Y’know, we say things like “teachers will be forced to…” Well, that’s not a completely accurate statement and we all know it isn’t, y’know?
WOMAN: No, we don’t say that.
MUTTY: Let’s look back at our ads and see what we say, and I think we use hyperbole to a point where, y’know, it’s like, “geez.”
As infuriating as this kind of revelation may be to those fighting for marriage equality, it isn’t an isolated incident. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) continues to push the myth that allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry will force public schools to teach young children about gay marriages.
Take a look at a mailer NOM distributed to Marylanders in order to convince them to oppose the state’s marriage equality bill:
Redefining marriage to a genderless institution has real consequences:
- In Massachusetts, Catholic Charities no longer offers adoption services.
- In Massachusetts’ public schools teach kids as young as kindergarteners about gay marriage. Parents have no legal right to object! [Washington Blade, accessed 3/2/11]
That claim has already been debunked by the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact, which gave NOM’s horror-story a “false” rating:
Bottom line: The National
Organization for Marriage mailing says that Massachusetts public schools teach
kindergartners about gay marriage. The wording, including the present tense
verb, gives the impression this is happening now, in many schools.
But the group’s only evidence is two incidents five years ago. It’s possible that somewhere, in one of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts, other kindergartners have been taught about same-sex marriage. But NOM couldn’t cite any other examples. We find its statement False.
At the very least, NOM should follow Mutty’s example and admit to being dishonest when it fear mongers about in-school indoctrination.
Considering the effort they’ve put into developing an online propaganda campaign, however, I wouldn’t hold my breath.