Scare-mongering anti-gay ad exposes US fundies to a maelstrom of ridicule
WHEN a loopy group of Christian fundies calling themselves the National Organisation for Marriage released “Gathering Storm” – a $1.5 million ad campaign in a bid to halt the spread of same-sex marriage in the US – they unleashed a storm of parody ads on YouTube, and were exposed to a great deal of ridicule in the national media.
Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage, told Baptist Press:
When any group of people is exposed to the real consequences of same-sex marriage, you see movement in our direction, because this is not an argument they’re getting from the mainstream media.
But the the ad -Â part of a national strategy whereby the organisation hopes to sign up two million anti-gay marriage activists on its website by November 2010 to help fight the legalisation ofÂ same-sex unions not only in their states but also nationwide – started to backfire from the moment it was launched last week.
In the wake of Iowa and Vermont joining Massachusetts and Connecticut in legalising gay marriage, some political observers have argued that every state’s marriage laws eventually will change. Charles C Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Centre, told National Public Radio, “It’s all over but the shouting” and that “gay marriage is inevitable in the United States.”
Syndicated columnist Froma Harrop wrote:
The wind is clearly at the advocates’ back. Younger Americans are especially accepting of homosexuality. As they replace their elders, and gay marriage comes to seem routine, the bans will fall one by one.
The ever-vigilant Gayatheistagenda blog carriesÂ one of the funniest reactions to the ad here.