With marriage equality amendments on the ballot in four states next week, the anti-equality advocates are putting nearly identical commercials on the air claiming that if it’s legalized “gay marriage will be taught to your kids.” And all the ads feature David Parker, a Massachusetts father who threw a massive temper tantrum over the mere mention in his child’s class that some kids have gay parents. Here’s a mashup of those commercials showing the identical message:
All of this relies on the semantic ambiguity in the claim that schools will “teach gay marriage” to children. What does that even mean? That they’re going to teach kids that they should get married to someone of the same sex? Of course not. What drives these people out of their minds is the idea that their kids might actually see gay people, and their children, as human beings. It’s the mere mention of their existence that sends them into fits of apoplexy.And David Parker, by the way, is a weapons grade bigot who claims that gay people are “diseased” (he later tried to walk that back, saying he thinks they’re addicted to gay sex and get more addicted every time they have sex — never mind that nearly any gay person will tell you that they knew they were gay long before they ever actually had sex).