Preparing for 2010 marriage equality campaign

It’s now accepted that in California, same-sex marriage will again be on the ballot in the November 2010 election. This time advocates for marriage equality, stung by the passage of Proposition 8 last year which outlawed same-sex marriage in the state, will be prepared to counter anti-gay distortions thanks to the work of people like Pam Spaulding and her blog, Pam’s House Blend.

Today she has a post about the religious right’s attempts to twist facts, lie about studies and just make stuff up about LGBTs in an attempt to scare voters into not supporting marriage equality for everyone. And she must have struck a nerve, because someone from an anti-gay group, Focus on the Family, responded to her in an email, which she quotes and answers.

It’s going to be a tough campaign, but Pam’s early primer is a good way to gird yourself for the campaign.

According to Pam, this is the first of six distortions used by the anti-gay crowd:

1. Using nonrepresentative or out-of-date studies to make generalizations, or distorting legitimate studies to give misleading conclusions

Example 1 – Religious right talking point: According to the book Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity Among Men and Women, 43 percent of white male homosexuals had sex with 500 or more partners, with 28 percent having 1,000 or more sexual partners. Therefore gays have no concept of mongamy and certainly can’t be trusted to raise children.

Truth – Homosexualities was a book written in 1978 that only looked a certain portion of the lgbt population (gay men in the city of San Francisco). It also did not look at same-sex households. In addition, the authors of Homosexualities (Alan Bell and Martin Weinberg) said that their book should not be used to generalize about all gays in general.

And here are the the first four of 17 lies she identifies:

1. Homosexuality is a lifestyle more harmful than cigarette smoking.

2. Gay men have a short life span.

3. The gay and lesbian community have a high rate of domestic violence.

4. Unhealthy behaviors (i.e. substance abuse, promiscuous sexual behavior) is indicative of the gay or lesbian orientation.

4 Replies to “Preparing for 2010 marriage equality campaign”

  1. Wow. Just, wow. Good to know what we’re up against in the future. I’m sure she calls herself a “Christian”, too.

  2. This is going to be a tough battle. I look forward to specific events in the SGV that I can attend and steer people too.

  3. Same sex marriage advocates need to re-direct their protests and messages away from Los Angeles proper and into the “Red State” areas of California. It is a waste of time to stand with signs asking for honking horns in the middle of Silver Lake or West Hollywood. Talk about preaching to the converted! Countering crazy rght wing mis-rhetoric is a waste of time unless cobined with a more pro-active approach of entering discussion and dialogue with churches, suburban community groups and ANYWHERE behind the Orange Curtain and Central/Northern California towns like Fresno, Sacramento and down to San Diego etc..

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