Friday, October 05, 2012

Same-Sex "Marriage" TV Ads--What's Missing?

I was watching endless same-sex "marriage" ads on KOMO 4 the other night, when it occurred to me that something is missing. Something that should be central to their message.

With this in mind, I began looking at ads online that are running nonstop in Washington and elsewhere, where marriage is on the ballot.

Same conclusion.

Maybe I'm missing something or simply didn't put my eyes in the right place, but I concluded there is one very important element missing from the ads they are spending millions of dollars to put on your TV, and to influence your thinking.


The same-sex "marriage" ads feature a long list of celebs, from Bruce Springsteen to Betty White. And athletes--- Seahawks in Washington- others in other parts of the country.

Some of the ads feature families, explaining the "injustice" current marriage laws impose on their homosexual child. I truly empathize with those parents.

Other ads feature leaders from the religious left. Pastors and priests and rabbis are often seen making the case to redefine marriage. In fact they are currently pushing the religious left advocacy front and center leading up to the election. Here is an example.

But something is missing.

I have not found a single ad made for broad television use or that is currently airing, that features an identified homosexual.

Why are they using only surrogates?

I know a little about television advertising and am fully aware that TV ads often use paid actor advocates or actual advocates, and of course, celebrity endorsements. But in this case where homosexuals are asking citizens to redefine the oldest human institution, marriage between one man and one woman, to accommodate a specific sexual behavior, why are those who practice the behavior absent from the advocacy and the dialog?

While wondering about this, I came across an article published by One News Now the other day. I'm not the only one who has noticed.

One News says, "The ads feature heterosexuals promoting homosexual marriage. According to an Associated Press report, one ad features a husband and wife talking "fondly" of a lesbian couple in their neighborhood; another a pastor talking "supportively" of same-sex unions; and still another a married couple wanting "fair treatment" for their lesbian daughter. But missing from the ads are ... homosexuals."

Exactly. But why?

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel Action tells One News Now "that the approach being employed by homosexual-rights groups conforms to a book titled, 'After the Ball' by Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen. In that 1990 book, the authors contend that to gain acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle, the movement must paint a different picture in the public eye. Barber says that is nothing more than a diversion tactic."

"They are distracting and diverting attention away from the reality of what the homosexual lifestyle is all about --distorted sexual behavior -- and trying to couch it in terms of fairness," says Barber. "And having heterosexual folks as the face of so-called same-sex marriage is a clever way to pull the wool over voters' eyes."

"Because people naturally bristle when they think about what it would take to actually consummate a so-called same-sex marriage between a man and a man," he says "people naturally have a revulsion of this abnormal, disordered sexual behavior."

Barber says people need to understand that when they vote for homosexual marriage, "they are voting to deconstruct the institution of natural marriage."

As you probably know, four states are voting on "gay marriage" this fall: Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. More than three dozen states already prohibit same-sex marriage; six (plus the District of Columbia) permit it.

Every state that has voted on redefining marriage has rejected it. Some are saying Washington State may be the first exception. Even some leading R-74 have intimated that to the press.

In less than 2 weeks, ballots will begin arriving in the mail. And you will begin voting.

A vote to "Approve R-74" is not a vote for fairness or equality, it is indeed, a vote to deconstruct marriage, the most fundamental social and cultural institution in history---an institution that is essential to the sustainability of the human race.

A vote to "Reject R-74" is a vote for marriage, family, biblical values and God's model for that family.

Please forward this message to friends and family.

God help us.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.

24 comments:

  1. Very interesting investigation result, Gary. Literature such as Orwell's "1984" and "After the Ball" either give the Left their talking points, or ideas. Chicken and the egg question but I'm always curious what comes first. When kids asked our School Board to adopt Planned Parenthood/Seattle Health Department's Healthy Youth Act and curriculum I challenged them to explain why they wanted me to endorse something that was actually UNhealthy for their bodies. That was always a short conversation, and silence ensued.

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  2. 1) Washington will not be first. Maine will, they are 3 hours ahead.

    2) When I see a heterosexual couple, I don't immediately think about them 'doing it'. Nor do I when I see a gay couple.

    3) This will not 'deconstruct' traditional marriage. It will expand marriage and actually strengthen traditional marriage. By letting the Larry Craigs of the world marry who they really want to marry, it should reduce the number of fake marriages that exist only because they were what society expected.

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    1. Anonymous: "This will not 'deconstruct' traditional marriage."

      This is not a true statement simply because you 'say so.' The fact that marriage is between a man and a woman is not something that I tell you in an argument, it's something we observe from history over thousands of years. To say otherwise is to be disinenuous. Homosexuals have all the rights and protections of civil law, without being legally equated/conflated with antiquity's basic child rearing family.

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  3. One person who bears a lot of responsibility is the same fellow who is running the Reject R74 campaign, Joe Fuiten. Here's a man who has undermined the pro-marriage movement at every turn. First, he opposed the R71 effort. When he succeeded in undermining that effort, leaving WA with gay marriage in all but name, he then publicly attacked the competence and candor of the men who actually stood in the gap and fought - Pastor Randall and Larry Stickney. Fuiten charged on his blog that they failed to run radio ads and a competent campaign. This is a blatant lie. But many read the charge and were believed it.

    Now Fuiten has hooked up with the slick political operator, Joseph Backholm. Their first act was to undermine the real marriage protection effort, I-1172, which was being run by a solid Christian citizen. These 2 characters saw I-1192 as competition for their own weaker, flawed referendum, so they discouraged people from signing and it died. Now they have raked in over $1 million from Christians, and it is not clear what this enormous sum of money is being used for. All we know for certain is that if Christians give their money to these 2 characters and even if we should win, the legislature can re-enact gay "marriage" the very next day. R74 is a scam designed to build the political stature of Fuiten and Backholm, not to protect marriage.

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  4. Maine will reject gay marriage. Washington will be close. Part of the reaso is in an earlier post above. The other part is that if the people leading Preserve Marriage would use the money given to them for the purpose given it would help. Backholm has been hedging his bet for several months saying the pot initiative may cause the marriage referendum to fail. That's not encouraging.

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    1. Whoops! Hope you didn't bet the house on that.

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  5. 9:33 Most people do see a gay couple when two men or two women are together acting romantically. That is not normal or natural and it can't be legislated into normal. There is an inherent rejection of same sex intimacy because it is contrary to nature, not because of bigotry or hate. You could legislate that the earth is flat, but it still wouldn't be. You can pass all the certificates you want but two men or two women will never be married in the true definition of marriage.

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    1. Not sure you understood my post. I said that I DO see a gay couple. My point was that's ALL that I see. I don't visual the sex act. I see them as 2 people in a emotional relationship, that's all.

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    2. "I see them as 2 people in a emotional relationship, that's all."

      'that's all' is right. They already have all the civil protections of law, they don't need to be conflated with antiquity's definition of marriage as the basic unit of child rearing. One must ask, why the big push to do so? I think they must want the same level of stature as marriage clearly has - but this is not something you force people to give you (stature), and certainly not under the force of law/court penalties. In the case of 'marriage' and child rearing 'family' the definitions and stature have been conferred to them naturally from society throughout all history.

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    3. Wrong, Bruce. They did not have equal protection under the law, and will not until R74 finally takes effect and lifts the stay that was put upon the law already enacted to legalised their equal right to marriage in this state.

      As to the rest, I think you need to return to civics class, since you seem to think that some people should not enjoy the same rights and protections under the law as all others. That is not at all the basis upon which this country was founded, as much as you may wish to believe that some groups (those to which you belong, of course) should be privileged over some other groups.

      For that matter, you should also study up a little more upon history in general. There are multiple historical examples where the stable family unit could be other than that which to the anti-R74 group cling so stubbornly. And modern scientific studies have shown us that same-sex households are no worse for the development of children than comparable mixed-gender households.

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  6. You are right… why they don't show the homosexual couples and their children?
    I have a closed experience with them. My brother is gay and been "married" almost as long as I have. My husband has a sister who is lesbian and been "married" for 10 years. They say that their marriage has more valued than ours, they have demonstrated so much hate against traditional marriage and try to diminish what has been established since the foundation of this earth.

    Just as all homosexual couples demand "tolerance" for their life styles, I ask myself -why then they do NOT give tolerance to others? It's interesting to me to see as well how they reject the natural way and yet they themselves manifest the law of nature.

    In gay couples one takes the role of a woman and the other the role of a man. In the lesbian couple one woman takes the role of the man and the other the role of a female. We see the law of nature even in spite of their corrupted wisdom and deceitful elution of a "normal life". I see the power of nature- the Word of God when He said, "let there be light." His Word is active and powerful to this day, on earth and in the heavens.

    I am a Latina woman and I get offended when they consider the homosexual life style as a "race". Is prostitution a race? I wish they would show the affects of this life style instead of "glamorizing" it and lying saying the "modern family". I see daily how the kids who are growing with this "couples" are in a state of confusion, internally lost, low self esteem and introvert. Thank you and please keep on showing the light into the darkness.

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    1. "natural way and yet they themselves manifest the law of nature"

      In fact, homosexuality is natural since it occurs in most species throughout nature.

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    2. Are we now monkeys or dogs, maybe amoebas? We live in a fallen world, aberrant behavior is found throughout nature. Man can rise above it, Christ is the answer.

      Craig in Lacey

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    3. Odd how you people see only that which you wish to see. I most certainly do recall seeing TV ads featuring same-sex couples, speaking out as to why R74 mattered to them.

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  7. I'm less worried about what is missing from their ads than what is missing from ours. We don't have any ads!

    What is Backholm doing with the $1 million that we have given him? Are you seriously telling me that with $1 million they couldn't get anything on the air or even on radio by October? I see all they have done is create a web video starring Backholm.

    Something is seriously wrong with the management of Preserve Marriage Washington. It seems to be more about raising Backholm's profile and less about preserving marriage. And to think that these same people were attacking Gary for his role in R71, when he got ads on the air with far less money available to him.

    At this point, I'm not throwing good money after bad. They have more than enough to put on ads at this point.

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  8. Wow, you are so right about what is conspicuously missing from these ads. Most people are repulsed when they see same-sex couples, because it truly goes against what our own conscious knows is deviant behavior. Many Christians are praying for R74 to be defeated, and I believe the "left" will be surprised by the number of Washingtonians that will come out of the "wood-work" to defeat it. People, I plead with you to not sit this one out. Too much is at stake. Same-sex couples have "everything but marriage" already. Redefining marriage will cheapen the meaning of marriage, be costly for the state as so many systems have to be updated to reflect this change, require our children to read about same-sex couples in school books, gag our pastors from preaching against homosexuality, bring God's judgment on this State, just to name a few of the consequences. I'd like to see more Christians stand up and offer their comments.

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    1. You know what comes out of the woodwork?

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  9. AMAN. to anonymous at 2:42 PM

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  10. 10:29 Some in our church have been wondering where the $1 million Joe Fuiten said would be coming from NOM. Was that misleading or was Fuiten mislead? I would sure like to know. All we hear is a need for more and more money. What are they doing with it? The election is only 30 days away. This is not good.

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  11. Awesome, you are able to expect to feel so perfect since to what exactly is conspicuously forgotten from these advertisements. A large range of individuals tend to feel repulsed once they see same-sex partners, because it really goes against exactly what our extremely personal mindful finds out is deviant behavior. Many Christians tend to be really praying for R74 to feel defeated, along with I think the "left" will feel surprised by the amount of Washingtonians which comes from the "wood-work" to beat it. Individuals, I plead alongside you to will never sit this away. Too a great agreement is placed at just stake. Same-sex partners have "everything however marriage" already. Changing wedding will cheapen the interpretation of wedding, feel expensive for the government because a range of skills must be updated to mirror this change, need our kids to see for same-sex partners in class guides, gag our pastors from preaching against homosexuality, bring God's verdict about this State, simply to name a few of the consequences. I'd desire to see a great deal more Christians remain upwards and also source their comments.
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  12. David Benz has left a new comment on your post "Same-Sex "Marriage" TV Ads--What's Missing?":

    Awesome, you are able to expect to feel so perfect since to what exactly is conspicuously forgotten from these advertisements. A large range of individuals tend to feel repulsed once they see same-sex partners, because it really goes against exactly what our extremely personal mindful finds out is deviant behavior. Many Christians tend to be really praying for R74 to feel defeated, along with I think the "left" will feel surprised by the amount of Washingtonians which comes from the "wood-work" to beat it. Individuals, I plead alongside you to will never sit this away. Too a great agreement is placed at just stake. Same-sex partners have "everything however marriage" already. Changing wedding will cheapen the interpretation of wedding, feel expensive for the government because a range of skills must be updated to mirror this change, need our kids to see for same-sex partners in class guides, gag our pastors from preaching against homosexuality, bring God's verdict about this State, simply to name a few of the consequences. I'd desire to see a great deal more Christians remain upwards and also source their comments.

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    1. If you feel repulsed by seeing a loving same-sex couple, that is entirely your problem and your PREJUDICE. That is not a reason to legislate against their happiness, health, and well-being, and the happiness, health, and well-being of their families. SHAME on you.

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  13. "In fact, homosexuality is natural since it occurs in most species throughout nature."

    In fact its a minority in most species and often has to do with the physiological makeup of the specific animals engaged in the pairings. And guess what, except for asexual species, it has nothing to do with pro-creation and child rearing - like human marriage/family have from antiquity.

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    1. So, marriage is only to make babies? I see a great many couples who apparently did not get that memo.

      As to child-rearing, it has been demonstrated that adjustment, development, and psychological well-being of children is unrelated to parental sexual orientation and that the children of lesbian and gay parents are as likely as those of heterosexual parents to flourish.

      But hey, why let facts get in the way of good, old-fashioned bigotry?

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