GREAT article from MPR calling out Minnesota for Marriage on intentionally misleading voters. Minnesota for Marriage makes the following claim in a video on their web site:
When same sex marriage was imposed by the courts in Massachusetts, for example, second-graders were taught in public schools that boys could marry other boys.
MPR highlights the following facts:
- The amendment fight in Minnesota is not imposing same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The amendment fight in Minnesota is about updating the constitution to define something that is already law in Minnesota (marriage is between opposite sex couples)
- Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2004 and didn’t change rules about what is taught in schools
- Since 1993, Massachusetts law has required curriculum to “foster respect for gender, cultural, and racial diversity.” The education department does not dictate specific lessons or books, nor do they mandate same-sex or opposite-sex marriage education
- The book in question was about ethnic diversity, racial diversity and included a same-sex couple
- Groups making these claims cannot say how many schools (or what schools) in Massachusetts are teaching same-sex marriage
Amendment proponents have made similar claims in other states and we can expect to see more of it here in Minnesota. When they do, let’s make sure that voters in Minnesota know that there’s deception afoot!