Annette Gross

IFI's Bigoted New Video Shows How Little They Get It

Filed By Annette Gross | April 25, 2013 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: anti-marriage, bigot, Indiana, Indiana Family Institute, marriage equality, PFLAG

France, New Zealand, and Uruguay have just legalized same-sex marriage. And tonight, Rhode Island, a state with a large Catholic population (and the state where my gay son was born), is very close to being the next US state to achieve marriage equality.

So here I am - back again seething and frothing at the mouth with frustration at the state that I live in - Indiana. As I've said before, I'm so happy for the LGBT people in these states and countries - but I always feel as if I've been stabbed in the stomach because Indiana is no closer to marriage equality than we likely were in the 1800's.

red-equal-symbol.jpgIn the last post I wrote for Bilerico, I included a video the Indianapolis PFLAG chapter made to educate Hoosiers about marriage equality. Well, tonight someone I follow posted a video created by the Indiana Family Institute.

For those of you who don't know, the IFI claims to be an organization whose aim is to strengthen the family and preserve "traditional" marriage. They work closely with Focus on the Family (and that should tell you something right there), and, according to their website:

Preserve pro-family policy already within State Government, push for additional policies that will strengthen Indiana families and educate voters on where their elected offials stand on issues that affect Hoosier families.

To translate, one of the aims of the IFI is to ensure that HJR-6 - the proposed state ban on same-sex marriage, gets written into our state constitution.

So I watched this video, and I didn't know whether to laugh or cry (or both). It was created by Ryan McCann, one of the "leaders" of IFI. Now, I have no idea if he saw the video that the Indy PFLAG chapter created, but this video is definitely an attack on those of us who are working to bring about marriage equality in Indiana.

Personally, I found the video to be highly insulting and disrespectful towards LGBT people and their allies, they even took potshots directly at PFLAG. My feeling is that this group, along with many others, feels threatened. They see what is happening here and in other countries. They are trying to hold on to what they're familiar with, and they know that their movement is gasping their last breath. I also assume that because these organizations make money from their attempts to "save traditional marriage" that they fear losing that funding.

I still find it mind-boggling that these groups like to think they're so pious and pro-family, when they spend most of their time trying to make other people's lives miserable.

Below you'll find the IFI video, followed by our Indy PFLAG video. Which video do you think best represents what marriage and commitment are truly about?

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