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Wednesday, 29 October 2008

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As the election draws near, California voters are being bombarded with radio ads about Proposition 8, but there is one that they did not expect to hear.

Those opposed to same sex marriage are running ads in favor of Proposition 8, which would define marriage between a man and a woman and would transform their own personal religious beliefs into federal law.

The group Yes on 8 recently released a slew of radio ads, but listeners were shocked when an ad for a 1963 Alabama proposition made it onto the airwaves instead.

    Announcer: Just listen to President Kennedy.

    President Kennedy: "This door's wide open now. And these two black students will walk right into the halls of the University of Alabama , whether you like it or not."

    Announcer: Whether you like it or not? How can President Kennedy ignore the voters of this state and impose desegregation on Alabamans? It's no longer about tolerance; acceptance of desegregation is now mandatory.

    Announcer: This means that people who are opposed to desegregation sued over personal beliefs, and that teaching children about desegregated in our schools would be mandatory. What's next, letting in the Jews?

    Announcer: Governor George Wallace did not ignore you and your white power signs. He stood in the doorway until the National Guard pushed him aside.

    Announcer: We don't have to accept this.

    President Kennedy: "Whether you like it or not."

    Announcer: Vote yes on 8.

George Wallace, of course, famously said at the steps on the Alabama capitol building, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." The former governor was also unrepentant on his stance on desegregating schools, saying, "I stood there and kept peace. But it still was a bad public relations posture and I'm sorry I did it that way."

Yes On 8 said that they never approved this ad to be aired and they have pulled it from the airwaves. Though they pulled the ad, they admitted that the ads were eerily similar.

"We need to find this George Wallace guy," said one Prop 8 volunteer, "maybe he'll be in our next ad."

Those opposing the ban on same sex marriage have put out an ad with the Superintendent of California's schools, Jack O'Connell, who has called the ads attacking same sex marriage dishonest. The Yes on 8 campaign has released a Photoshoped picture of O'Connell attending a gay pride parade with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom.

"See that picture?" inquired a No On 8 supporter." It made me sick when I cut and pasted it together, and it makes me sick today. Think of the children who have to deal with that nut job. That's why I home school my kids."

The voters of California will decide whether or not to keep same sex marriage legal in their state on November Fourth.

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