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September 22, 2009

Referendum 71 opponents use divorcees as poster children and insist they’re not about hate

Posted in: marriage equality

Floating on a lurid sea of male symbols pornographically piercing female symbols is a picture of the Nelson family of Ozzie and Harriet fame.  This is a new leaflet from the opponents of domestic partnerships in Washington state.  The page title reads “There is something very good in this picture”, with arrows drawn to “Dad” and “Mom”.  The following is written on the bottom of the last page of the leaflet

On the cover is a photo of the most traditional American Families [sic] from the 1950′s television series, Ozzie & Harriet. David and Ricky Nelson really had it pretty good.  They had a normal mother and father and grandparents.  We simply want this for tomorrow’s children and families.

Indeed they made a beautiful family, and for all I know were blissful together.  But that didn’t result in sons David and Ricky Nelson growing up to be good fathers or husbands.

Ricky‘s wife Kristin gave birth 6 months after their wedding.  After making 3 more children, they divorced.

David had two kids with his first wife, divorced and then remarried.

The leaflet authors would label such people fornicators, adulterers and home-wreckers.  Much like several of the leaflet authors themselves.  Rep. Matt Shea is divorced, campaign manager Larry Stickney has divorced twice and married three times, and I have it on good authority that campaign attorney and strategist Stephen Pidgeon is on his fourth marriage, leaving children dotted across several states.  Did the many children these men produced have the benefit of their biological father at home?

The Nelson family picture and the men politicizing it are proof that being raised by your biological parents guarantees nothing.  It is a red herring.  But one thing is guaranteed if we fail to Approve Referendum 71: heterosexual seniors may not be able to care for one another in times of crisis, and the children of same-sex parents will be financially disadvantaged and legally vulnerable.  Protecting ALL Washington families is the Washingtonian way.

How appropriate that they placed a “close window” symbol on that page.  The leaflet should be composted.  The other 3 leaflet panels are just as ripe for rebuttal.  They’re pasted below the fold.  Have at ‘em.

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Related:

* Straight seniors rely on domestic partnerships

* Protect Marriage Washington’s BWAKing Points

Panel 1., in which we falsely call domestic partnerships “marriage”
Panel 3., in which we pathologize DP supporters by terming them “an overwhelming minority of homosexuals”
Panel 4., in which we admit our true motives by stating “Our opposition is not about hate.”

Just for the sake of contrast, here is the Washington Families Standing Together palm card that describes why we should vote to approve Referendum 71.

WAFST palm card front

WAFST palm card back

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