Battlefield Report: Truths, Lies And Good Poll Numbers In MD Gay-Marriage Battle

We’ve got a little more than a week until marriage equality comes to a public referendum in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. As we near the big day, Queerty is zooming in on the fights in these battleground states.

In Maryland, voters will be deciding on Question 6, which would affirm the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which legalizes same-sex marriage.  The act was already passed by the State Legislature and signed by Governor O’Malley.

Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the group campaigning to get Question 6 passed, produced a radio ad that uses President Obama’s view on gay marriage to drive the point home with everyday voters. (Check out the spot above.)

We’re cautiously optimistic about the fight in the Old Line State: A Washington Post poll from October 18 indicates support for marriage equality in Maryland is at 52%, compared to 43% who oppose it. But as the Post reminds us, “historically, opposition to gay nuptials at the ballot box has been stronger than polls suggested.”

Our opponents have whipped up an ad campaign of their own, but one relying on fear and misinformation (no shock there). A recent ad, called “Parents Have No Rights,” warns Maryland families that if Question 6 passes, their kids will be indoctrinated by bleeding-heart gay radicals looking to turn them into fairies.

To find out how to get involved, visit the Marylanders for Marriage Equality website.

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  • brent

    No way that a state with 30% african-american population will say yes to gay marriage

  • KDub

    @brent: #ShadeFail. 1. African-Americans aren’t a big enough demographic to yay or nay anything for the whole state of Maryland completely on their own. 2. 70% is greater than 30%. 3. Stop trying to be racist; you’re gay.

  • sozei

    In their 1989 manuscript, After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s, Harvard-educated marketing experts Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen meticulously laid out the homosexual lobby’s blueprint for success in what is widely regarded as the handbook for the “gay agenda.” They devised a three-pronged approach that included the following major strategies:

    (1) Desensitization: “Desensitization,” wrote Kirk and Madsen, means subjecting the public to a “continuous flood of gay-related advertising, presented in the least offensive fashion possible. If ‘straights’ can’t shut off the shower, they may at least eventually get used to being wet.” As the authors put it, homosexuals should be portrayed as the “Everyman.” “In no time,” they said, “a skillful and clever media campaign could have the gay community looking like the veritable fairy godmother to Western Civilization.”

    (2) Jamming: “Jamming” refers to the public smearing of Christians, traditionalists or anyone else who opposes the gay agenda. Wrote Kirk and Madsen: “Jam homo-hatred by linking it to Nazi horror. Associate all who oppose homosexuality with images of ‘Klansmen demanding that gays be slaughtered,’ ‘hysterical backwoods preachers,’ ‘menacing punks,’ and a ‘tour of Nazi concentration camps where homosexuals were tortured and gassed.’”

    Kirk and Madsen added: “In any campaign to win over the public, gays must be portrayed as victims in need of protection so that straights will be inclined by reflex to adopt the role of protector … The purpose of victim imagery is to make straights feel very uncomfortable.” In a related move, the authors and their ideological cohorts began to smear anyone who disagreed with their agendas as “homophobes,” “hatemongers,” and “bigots.”

    (3) Conversion: Kirk and Madsen called for the “conversion of the average American’s emotions, mind, and will, through a planned psychological attack, in the form of propaganda fed to the nation via the media.” “In the early stages of any campaign to reach straight America,” they said, “the masses should not be shocked and repelled by premature exposure to homosexual behavior itself. Instead, the imagery of sex should be downplayed and gay rights should be reduced to an abstract social question as much as possible. First let the camel get his nose inside the tent — and only later his unsightly derriere!”

    Kirk and Madsen actually admitted that their task was to manufactured a “gay civil rights” movement founded on the premise of widespread homosexual victimization.


  • 2eo

    I like that your post is the same every time. It’s a shame the gay community never attracts any intelligent or coherent trolls though.

    The reason is because there are no valid reasons for intelligent people to discriminate so they are ruled out by default.

  • brent

    They make up 30% The problem is that they vote in such numbers against gay marriage that it offsets the the 70% In california they voted 70% for prop. 8. Whites voted 49% Blacks made up only 6% of the population, but the high number is what pushed prop. 8 over .

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