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NOM: Marriage Equality Is “An Excuse To Poison Young Minds”

May 16, 2011 4:16 pm ET by Carlos Maza

The National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) $1.5 million propaganda campaign in New York state is well underway. Last week Equality Matters noted the striking similarity between NOM’s efforts in New York and the tactics the organization used to defeat marriage equality in Maryland earlier this year.

Now another unfortunate similarity has emerged: the use of mailers to stir up fears about “gay indoctrination” in public schools. NOM used these to great effect in Maryland, and it appears they’re relying on them again in New York.

Like the Maryland mailers, NOM’s New York propaganda relies on a series of already debunked claims  and horror stories about the acceptance of same-sex marriage being taught to young schoolchildren.

Unlike in Maryland, however, the New York mailers appear to go beyond merely condemning same-sex marriage: 

[Images via NOM Exposed, 5/15/11]

“Poison[ing] young minds?” "Chang[ing]" kids’ “innocence?” What exactly is NOM worried kids will learn about? These mailers sound a lot more like the talking points of extreme right-wing hate groups than those of a group that claims to harbor no animosity towards gay people or homosexuality in general.

The mailer even explicitly references a California bill that would require LGBT history to be taught in public schools (a bill which, by the way, has nothing to do with same-sex marriage, which is currently illegal in that state). Earlier this month, the group pushed a right-wing poll indicating public opposition to “teaching gay subjects in elementary schools.”

It’s time for NOM to give up the act. The group has made a habit of actively promoting anti-gay causes that have nothing to do with preserving the “traditional” definition of marriage. These New York mailers make it painfully obvious that marriage is just one component of NOM’s broader agenda: fighting LGBT equality and demonizing the LGBT community at every turn.

Previously:

New York Group Launches Anti-Gay PSA, Complete With Gunfire And Explosions

As Expected, NOM Already Playing The “Race Card” In New York

NOM Spending $1.5 Million To Reboot Its Propaganda Campaign In New York