Everything To Do With Schools

“Everything to Do With Schools” Ad Tells Story of Homosexual Marriage Being Taught to Seven Year Old Children In Massachusetts

Portland, ME – Stand For Marriage Maine, the committee urging Mainers to vote Yes on Question 1, today announced a statewide television ad that features a Massachusetts couple whose seven year old son was exposed to classroom instruction on homosexual marriage. Gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts.

“This powerful new ad clearly demonstrates to Mainers one of the many consequences that we will have to deal with if homosexual marriage is legalized,” said Marc Mutty, Chairman of Stand For Marriage Maine. “Our opponents want to pretend that because LD 1020, the legislation that would take effect if Question 1 fails, doesn’t specifically mention education in the text of the statute that it won’t have any impact on school children. This is what parents in Massachusetts thought as well. But it did, and our ad introduces Mainers to the reality of what we can expect unless voters adopt Question 1.”

The ad, “Everything To Do With Schools,” is a direct response to claims by the No on 1 campaign that Question 1, “has nothing to do with schools or education.” (See Jesse Connolly quote in the Kennebec Journal Morning Sentinel, September 16, 2009.) It features an interview with Robb and Robin Wirthlin whose seven-year old son was read the book “King and King” in class by his teacher in his Lexington, MA public school. This book is about a homosexual prince who marries another prince and the two go on to rule the kingdom happily ever after.

In the ad, Robin Wirthlin says:

“After Massachusetts legalized gay marriage, our son came home and told us the school taught him that boys can marry other boys. He’s in second grade. We tried to stop public schools from teaching children about gay marriage but the courts said we had no right to object or to pull him out of class.”

The Wirthin’s were plaintiffs in the federal court case Parker v. Hurley where the United States First District Court of Appeal, whose jurisdiction includes Maine, ruled that parents have no right to notice when gay marriage instruction will be taught, nor do they have the right to opt-out their children from this instruction.

“If Question 1 fails, Maine’s marriage laws will be changed so that marriage is no longer between a man and a woman, as it has been since Maine became a state, but instead will be between any two eligible people,” Mutty said. “Just as happened in Massachusetts, there will be a strong push to include this new understanding of ‘marriage’ in our public school curriculum. Under the reasoning of the Parker decision, whenever marriage is discussed in Maine schools, participation in this instruction will be mandatory, whether parents like it or not.”

www.standformarriagemaine.com

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14 Comments

  1. September 23, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Boys can marry boys in Massachusetts. That book is exactly as shocking as a book about a child whose parents are divorced. Sorry, you may not like it, but there’s reality.

  2. Choice & Accountability said,

    September 23, 2009 at 9:41 am

    “Legalizing same-sex marriage harms society by the transformative power of inclusion and by weakening the basic infrastructure of society. Conjugal marriage historically has “scripted” responsible living and civic virtue. Gay and lesbian lifestyles do not. By redefining marriage to include gay and lesbian couples, the social meaning of marriage is transformed by the power of inclusion; the culture of infidelity, promiscuity and polyamory that characterizes gay and lesbian sexual relations will redefine what marriage means in a way that will undermine that social institution and bring suffering to many families. Society should not engage in “consumer fraud” by sending the message that there is no difference between conjugal marriage and same-sex unions.
    The claim for same-sex “marriage” abandons tolerance and seeks special preference; it actually removes the preferential treatment of conjugal marriage, rather than elevating same-sex couples. Where same-sex marriage is legalized, tolerance is restricted. Freedom of religion is undermined, and freedom of speech is curtailed. Children in public schools are taught not true tolerance but the moral relativism of equivalency, i.e. that different forms of human sexuality are no more than matters of personal preference. Disagreement with this “principle” is not tolerated.”
    ~LDW & ASL

  3. beetlebabee said,

    September 23, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Personal Failure, I think that is why telling this story is so important. Most people don’t think that is appropriate for the public schools, especially in such young grades. Marriage “equality” sounds so benign, but it’s got a lot of problems and social consequences that come with it. People need to understand what they’re talking about doing here. This is truly one of the consequences. People have to ask themselves, is this what you really want?

  4. Ross said,

    September 23, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Beetle, children are taught about a wide variety of things at a young age because they exist in the world. Children are taught about war in school because war exists. Children in MA are taught about gay marriage in schools because gay marriage exists. Children are taught about Cinderella and Snow White, etc because heterosexual marriage exists.

    If its not what parents want then they have every right to homeschool their children. But if they want to pretend that gay marriage doesnt exist in a state where it does actually exist, then those parents arent living in reality.

  5. beetlebabee said,

    September 23, 2009 at 11:47 am

    My point exactly. If you don’t want this taught in schools, Vote for Yes on question 1! Even though the opponents claim it will have no effect on schools…..it will.

  6. Marie said,

    September 23, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Homosexuality has no business being in the public schools. It’s not normal, it’s not heathy and it’s not right. Yes on 1!

  7. Ross said,

    September 23, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    But you’re ok with them learning about war, divorce, etc. Hmmmmm ok

  8. Marie said,

    September 23, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    “But you’re ok with them learning about war, divorce, etc”

    Yes, absolutely.

    A man can’t marry another man, nor a woman another woman; but that’s not because anyone is preventing them, but because that isn’t what the word “marriage” means. You might as well say that 2+2=5, or that Monday should be allowed to be Tuesday. This is about changing a definition of a word. Unfortunately that change will affect our entire society.

  9. Ross said,

    September 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Marie, cultural ideas get redefined all the time. And you are wrong, a man can marry another man in quite a few states and countries. It’s not like saying 2+2=5. It’s actually more like you stomping your foot proclaiming that the sky is blue not azure. Keep living in your make believe world, Marie and when doma is long gone and marriage equality exists in all states in a few decades we will see if you’re still so oblivious

  10. Richard said,

    September 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Did you know that Maine’s homosexual marriage law as it is was signed removes all reference to gender in all maine law? It neuters every law on the books….retroactively! This is a huge vote. There’s no way I could possibly support homosexual marriage, especially under these circumstances.

  11. Richard said,

    September 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Ross, marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s what marriage means. Stomping your foot and trying to pretend otherwise is just make-believe.

  12. Ross said,

    September 24, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Richard, the definition of social and cultural ideas change all the time. Best of luck in your attempt to desperately hold on to an archaic definition for the sake of tradition

  13. pomegranateappleblog said,

    September 24, 2009 at 9:11 am

    and best to you, Ross, pretending that neutered marriage is a positive for society.

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