As Hawaiian Legislators begin their second day in special session, called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, to consider The Marriage Equality Act, The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has entered the discussion. NOM has joined forces with two local groups called Hawaii Family Advocates and Let the People Decide to create a 30 second ad. Fred Karger, openly gay and a former Republican presidential candidate has filed a complaint alleging that the group has violated campaign finance laws.
The video uses the same false claims often trotted out by anti-equality groups, including the allegation that if marriage equality became the law of the land, "people and families [would be] punished for not agreeing." The ad also recycles biased language like the term "redefining marriage" and contends that marriage equality should be put to a popular vote. The ad utilizes several traditional Hawaiian words and concepts, including that of ohana, or family, which apparently to these antigay advocates does not include families headed by same-sex couples.
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GLAAD's Commentator Accountability Project highlights NOM's extremist anti-LGBT statements. GLAAD encourages any media to put NOM's rhetoric into context with other statements and actions performed by the organization.