By now, you may have heard of NBC’s newest show for the fall lineup, The New Normal.
The show tells the unconventional story of raising a family:
Bryan and David are a Los Angeles couple, and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed, loving partnership, there is one thing that this couple is missing: a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie… (source: NBC.com)
But according to One Million Moms:
NBC is using public airwaves to continue to subject families to the decay of morals and values, and the sanctity of marriage in attempting to redefine marriage. These things are harmful to our society, and this program is damaging to our culture.
If this weren’t enough, One Million Moms goes on to make the claim:
Millions of Americans strongly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. NBC’s “The New Normal” is attempting to desensitize America and our children. (emphasis theirs)
Desensitize our children? Really One Million Moms, you think NBC is attempting to desensitize our children? That claim is as absurd as the scare tactics Minnesota for Marriage and Frank Schubert are making around the mean-spirited marriage amendment.
With OMM attack against Ellen and several other infamous battles over the past six months, at some point you’ve got to wonder when One Million Moms simply becomes irrelevant?
Author’s note: I have seen the pilot episode of The New Normal and I enjoyed it quite a bit. If you’d like to see the pilot or the first episode, check out NBC.com.
Ok, I admit, this is a long shot. But after working as hard as we have to defeat this mean-spirited amendment, I’m not leaving any stone unturned. I don’t want to wake up on November 7th and think, “What if we had…”
So, about a month ago, I emailed Ellen via her web site with a simple ask: To help get the word out about why voting NO is so important in Minnesota this NOvember. I’ve included the letter below.
If you’d like to send your own letter to Ellen, it’s easy. Just go to her web site and send an email. Please don’t be one of those people that wakes up on November 7th wondering what if…
Hi Ellen and Team! There’s a big fight going on in Minnesota right now and it’s going to come to a head this November. You see, Minnesota voters will decide on whether or not the state constitution should be amended to allow only opposite-sex marriage. It’s being done in the vein of “protecting traditional marriage,” but in reality, it’s just another way for same-sex marriage opponents to bully us, and I won’t stand for it.
To do my small part, I’ve been blogging since December about news stories, videos and even links to send “thank yous” to companies that have taken a public stand against this mean-spirited amendment.
But I know we can still do more; we have to. As you have talked about, the tide is changing in America. In Minnesota, we have a real chance of being the first state to defeat one of these amendments, which, in itself, would send a powerful message to the entire nation.
I’m sure that many people ask of your time and many of their causes are far greater than mine. However, I know that the fight for equality is something you’ve been part of for many years. It would be great if you could film a spot, a YouTube clip or even just send a tweet to your followers encouraging them to stand with Minnesota this fall and encourage Minnesotans to Vote NO on discrimination.
I truly believe that we can defeat this amendment – but only if we can spread the word. Your help would be so appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to read this message.
Ellen opens with Prop 8 news around how the measure was deemed unconstitutional this past week.
She also talks about her partnership with JC Penney and how One Million Moms wants to get her fired because she is gay. She goes on to talk about how JC Penney stood by their decision and how excited she is with their partnership (through humor, of course). She also reads some great posts from Facebook (both from One Million Moms and from her and JC Penney supporters).
Thanks Ellen. Thanks JC Penney. You’ve both got a new fan.