A new ad put out by the Campaign for American Values PAC attacks Obama and his support of same-sex marriage. In the commercial, a concerned couple discusses a newspaper headline. The wife starts out:
Obama is trying to force gay marriage on this country. That’s not the change I voted for. Marriage is between a man and a woman.
The husband, visibly concerned, shares:
That’s not the change I voted for either.
After his wife asks what they can do about it, weird music starts (you’ll have to watch it to see what I mean) and the husband concludes their dialogue with:
We can vote for someone with values.
The text “Vote Romney/Ryan” is displayed on the screen over a washed out picture of the concerned couple and what appears to be their family. The voice over shares that this ad was paid for by the Campaign for American Values PAC.
And so starts the very public attack on love.
My friend Joe emailed me his personal story a while back. The following excerpt sheds some light on what we may expect to see in the next eight weeks:
If the tenor of previous campaigns in other states is any indication, my partner and I will be called a number of horrible things. We will be labeled as members of an unfairly entitled interest group shilling for special rights. We will be framed as people who, if this amendment fails, will demand even more extreme rights – the right to marry our pets, for example. And, once a global consensus is reached on the reality of global warming, I’m sure our role in causing it by daring to live together as a committed couple will be added to an ever lengthening list of personal sins.
Although I may be a technical whiz when it comes to SharePoint, I promise you my god-like powers do not extend that far.
Unfortunately, I believe Joe’s prediction for Minnesota is true. We already know that amendment supporters know that many people don’t have an issue with committed same-sex couples. As a result, they’ll do whatever it takes in an attempt to pass this mean-spirited amendment. I just hope all of our voices can counter the message effectively and we can say NO to hatred, inequality and this amendment.