And speaking of the National Organization for Marriage
In April, the National Organization for Marriage issued its first TV spot in 2009. We assume it took them that long to raise the funds after they pumped fifty-eleven gazillion dollars into passing Prop. 8 in California 2008. The now infamous commercial depicts a group of terrified Americans caught in the wrath of Hurricane Queer.
There’s a storm gathering. The clouds are dark and the winds are strong and I am afraid. Some who advocate for same sex marriage have taken the issue far beyond same sex couples. They want to bring the issue into my life. My freedom will be taken away.
I’m a California doctor who must choose between my faith and my job. I’m part of a New Jersey church group punished by the government because we can’t support same sex marriage. I’m a Massachusetts parent helpless watching public schools teach my son that gay marriage is okay.
But some who advocate same sex marriage have not been content with same sex couples living as they wish. Those advocates want to change the way I live. I will have no choice. The storm is coming. But we have hope, a rainbow coalition of people of every creed and color are coming together in love to protect marriage. Paid for by National Organization for Marriage which is responsible for the content of this ad.
Luckily for us, NOM’s fear-mongering and distortion of truth provided amazing fodder for parody videos. And that brings us to our …
2009 NICE LIST!
And lo, there were Straight Allies keeping watch over their gays by night
This year, Straight Allies championed LGBT civil rights like never before. We saw the rise of the No H8 Campaign; we watched as Twitter went #YayGay; we applauded when Golden Girl Bea Arthur left a significant chunk of change to LGBT youth; and we laughed — oh, we laughed! — at the full-blown rally of parody videos aimed at organizations like NOM.
Consider these ads mocking the “Gathering Storm” TV spot.
First there’s the “Gaythering Storm.”
Then there’s Stephen Colbert’s “Lightning Will Make You a Lesbian” ad.
And finally, the “Shoot the Messenger” parody.
It’s like FDR said: Until you can beat them, mock the hell out of them.