The National Organization for Marriage’s Rhode Island affiliate took out an ad in local newspapers around that state recently to argue against marriage equality that said, among other things, “Religious groups like Knights of Columbus have been forced to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their facilities, against their beliefs.” PolitiFact asked them to document this claim and — surprise, surprise — it turned out to be a lie.
We contacted the marriage group, whose regional coordinator, Christopher Plante, e-mailed us various incidents summarized in its blog and links to others.Only one involved the Knights of Columbus. And that was in Canada…
NOM made a strongly worded claim on the eve of a key vote that was meant to influence voters — and their legislators.
We can’t predict what could happen under same-sex marriage laws in the future.
But we can rule on claims that are so far from the truth. The judges rule Pants on Fire.