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Right Infiltrates Yahoo! Over Students’ Gay Nup Field Trip


Is Yahoo! working for the right-wing? Maybe not, but the internet company this weekend ran what appears as “news” piece decrying a San Francisco schools’ decision to take a first-grade class to their teacher’s same-sex wedding opens with quite the anti-gay bang…

In the same week that the No on 8 campaign launched an ad that labeled as “lies” claims that same-sex marriage would be taught in schools to young children, a first grade class took a school-sponsored trip to a gay wedding. Eighteen first graders traveled to San Francisco City Hall Friday for the wedding of their teacher and her lesbian partner, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The school sponsored the trip for the students, ages 5 and 6, taking them away from their studies for the same-sex wedding. According to the Yes on 8 campaign, the public school field trip demonstrates that the California Supreme Court’s decision to legal same-sex marriage has real consequences.

Yow! The uninitiated may read that and feel a cold chill. And there’s a reason for that: the “news” story is actually a press release paid for and distributed by the Yes on 8 campaign, a group hoping to overturn this year’s gay marriage win in California. A look at the Chronicle piece makes clear how much spin has in fact been injected.

While the kids did, in fact, go to their teacher’s wedding last week, the Yahoo! supported release fails to mention that the kids had to receive permission for the trip. What’s more, the unbiased Chronicle article includes the students’ positive reactions to the event:

Carder’s students said they were happy to see their new teacher married.

“She’s a really nice teacher. She’s the best,” said 6-year-old Chava Novogrodsky-Godt, wearing a “No on 8″ button on her shirt. “I want her to have a good wedding.”

Marriage, 6-year-old Nolan Alexander said Friday, is “people falling in love.”

It means, he added, “You stay with someone the rest of your life.”

Well, what do yo know? The kids seem to see no distinction between “gay” and “straight” marriage. They know what the nuptials mean and seem to respect their teachers’ commitment. The ideal of marriage remains intact, a fact one would never have known had they relied solely on Yahoo!’s slanted take.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Oct 13, 2008
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  • 10 Comments
    • ousslander
      ousslander

      Why is a school sponsoring a day off for a wedding? Gay or straight. That’s where they can raise the boogeyman of “teaching kids to be gay or whatever.

      The parent’s or teacher should have arranged the trip privately and with the parent’s permission, the haters couldn’t have said shite.

      Congrats to the couple.

      Oct 13, 2008 at 8:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ggreen
      ggreen

      Message to all involved: This isn’t helping, it’s pouring gasoline on the fires of right-wing hatred. At 5 years old I was as interested in learning about marriage as I was learning about an AARP membership.

      Oct 13, 2008 at 9:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dizzyspins
      dizzyspins

      A wedding isnt a valid field trip for elementary school kids, be it gay or straight.

      But looking at the original piece, its not a “news story.” Its clearly marked as a paid statement by SupportMarriage.org, under the banner of PR Newswire. But it looks like you click through to it from Yahoo!’s main news page, so I can see the confusion. All in all, I think the problem is with Yahoo! placing paid releases under their news umbrella.

      Oct 13, 2008 at 11:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John
      John

      Of course Yahoo! favors the right-wing. Follow the money trail…

      80% of their political donations goes to Republican candidates. That’s quite a feat for a company that’s based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

      Oct 13, 2008 at 11:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dan4equality
      dan4equality

      The story neglected to mention (as the original SFGate story did) that the field trip was organized by the parents of the children with the schools permission, and without the knowledge of the teacher, and that parents who did not want their children to participate were allowed to opt out and receive regular instruction in another first grade classroom.

      Still, I’m frustrated at these well-intentioned parents and the unnecessary drama they will cause us all.

      Oct 13, 2008 at 11:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chris king
      chris king

      I have never known any kids to take time off to go to a teachers wedding durring school hours. It is moves like this one that appear to have a agenda about it. These kids are to young to be used as puppets. Read below.

      “She’s a really nice teacher. She’s the best,” said 6-year-old Chava Novogrodsky-Godt, wearing a “No on 8″ button on her shirt. “I want her to have a good wedding.”

      Oct 13, 2008 at 1:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Landon Bryce
      Landon Bryce

      What disturbing and disgusting comments. Internalized homophobia and trolls take the day.

      Oct 13, 2008 at 2:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      I only have an issue with it because of the skewing + distortion that will be done by the proponents of Prop 8.

      Otherwise, their parents gave them permission + it’s noone’s business what they allowed their kids to watch as long as the environment wasn’t dangerous or harmful to the kids.

      Oct 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob
      Bob

      What a joke. Imagine if the field trip was to a Christian church to listen to a sermon. I think the military would have been called in to stop that from happening. Now you know why the country is heading the way it is now. What a shame. Since when has homosexuality been more importatant that heterosexuality? Wake up America

      Oct 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jimbo
      Jimbo

      Calling the SF Comical unbiased is an absolute joke! The thing I love about the Homosexual agenda is it is so Tolerant of opposing views ;)

      If you disagree with their position on Marriage, you are labelled a troll and a homophobe. Why don’t we redefine all the words in the English language to fit your agenda?

      Oct 21, 2008 at 6:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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