Alex Blaze

California's Prop 8 TV ads

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 09, 2008 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: gay marriage, GLBT, lesbian, LGBT, marriage, marriage equality, Prop. 8, same-sex marriage

Update: Here's the latest from the No on Prop 8 campaign:

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All the other ones I posted this afternoon are after the jump. Lots of TV to watch!

From the No on Prop 8 campaign:

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More ads from both sides, after the jump.

Here's the first ad from the No campaign, "The Thorons":

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Here's the second ad from the Yes campaign, about children having to learn the laws of California and about reality:

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And here's their first ad, that the No campaign thought was pretty effective:

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So far, these ads are really, really white. Although the Yes campaign did a Spanish-language version of their children-fearmongering ad:

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I'm worried that, like other marriage amendment campaigns, the LGBT side is going to forget about the black and latino ad markets. So far, they don't have anything to counteract the one above, meaning that voters who speak Spanish only are hearing just one side of the argument. And it isn't pretty.

Here's an internet video ad from the Courage Campaign, also working against the amendment:

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I must admit I love the Courage Campaign's ad. It reinforces a point I've made many times: what government official or test will be used, if a marriage is questioned under a DOMA law, to determine what is a man and what is a woman. That is a can of worms that has not come close to being settled in any sort of universally accepted legal sense, especially where transsexuals and intersexed people are concerned.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | October 9, 2008 4:54 PM

The pro 8 ads will likely have a minor impact compared to the constant refrain of bigoted statements about same sex marriage by Palen, Obama, Biden and McCain as they bad mouth same sex marraige and treat us as second class citizens. They give people on the fence the go-ahead to vote their bigotry.

The future of same sex marriage rights in California hangs by a thread because of the failure to mount an all out effort to take the battle into the Black, Latino, Asian and immigrant communities. This situation has to be remedied yesterday.

To make things worse we're losing ground financially. While Obama and Biden do the bigot two-step with McCain and Palin opposing same sex marriage their campaign has been raiding our financial base in California, raising millions of dollars that'll be wasted because they're opponents of our agenda.

It's totally reasonable that we insist that the Obama campaign turn over $1,000,000.00 to No on Eight every time he or Biden talks like a bigot and shoots off their mouths about same sex marriage. Think reparations.

Since that's unlikely, donate what you can,

We'd all better do what we can to see that we don't lose in California, Arizona and Florida. We'll be much worse off if we do.

The official website of the No On Prop 8 campaign is here:

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | October 9, 2008 8:24 PM

I can't even watch the "Yes on 8" ads, they make me so angry. I knew they'd bring in the "Protect the kids," angle, but it's so disgusting.

The polls are showing that 8 is now ahead. If the election were today, it would pass. In the space of, what, 2 weeks? The noxious ads of the "Yes on 8" people have managed to disappear a significant statistical lead.

Great round up. We need to get these in front of as many CA folks as possible.