The Marriage Equality Campaign

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 30 2012 @ 5:14pm

Anti-equality advocates are running the same basic ad in Maryland, Maine, Washington and Minnesota. It features David and Tonia Parker:

Zack Ford has background on the Parkers:

There is a big difference between mentioning that some kids — including students in the class — have same-sex parents and teaching about same-sex sexuality. The former is what happened in schools, but the latter is what the Parkers claim they objected to. In fact, David Parker so objected to the use of materials including all families that he appeared at the school to protest and refused to leave, forcing an arrest for trespassing. Parker then sued and a federal judge dismissed his complaint, saying that schools are “entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy.” Parker has since become an outspoken enemy of LGBT equality; Jeremy Hooper has a round-up of his various interviews, in which he calls homosexuality a disease, claims that gay people “use” and harm their children, and urges schools to promote harmful ex-gay therapy.

Talbot also checks in on this election's marriage equality initiatives. An important detail:

[Patrick Egan, a political science professor at N.Y.U. who has studied public opinion on same-sex marriage] cites one campaign rule of thumb that is relevant for gay marriage: voters who tell pollsters they are undecided—as opposed to those who say they’ll vote for it—tend to end up in the no column on Election Day. So, for example, a gap of fifty-two per cent in favor and forty-three per cent opposed, which is what some polls are showing in Maryland, is not “a nine-point difference but a four point one.” The lead for the pro side is likely smaller than it appears in polls, in other words—but it’s still a lead.