Minnesota for Marriage Ad - “Untitled Massachusetts Schools” The latest TV ad from Minnesota for Marriage mischaracterizes a court case

in Massachusetts. From the US Court of Appeals First District ruling, here is the summation of the case: In January 2005, when Jacob Parker ("Jacob") was in kindergarten, he brought home a "Diversity Book Bag." This included a picture book, Who's in a Family?, which depicted different families, including single-parent families, an extended family, interracial families, animal families, a family without children, and -- to the concern of the Parkers -a family with two dads and a family with two moms. The book concludes by answering the question, "Who's in a family?": "The people who love you the most!" The book says nothing about marriage. (page 8) Transcript of Ad “If gay marriage happens here, schools could teach that boys can marry boys “When Massachusetts redefined marriage, schools taught it to children in second grade, including the school our son attended “Courts ruled parents had no right to take their children out of class or even be informed when this instruction is going to take place “If marriage is redefined in Minnesota, same sex marriage could be taught in local schools, just as it was in Massachusetts “Don't make the same mistake and think that gay marriage won't affect you. “Vote yes on amendment one to protect marriage.” CLAIM FACT

Minnesota for Marriage “Untitled Massachusetts Schools” 00:01 “If gay marriage happens here, schools could teach that boys

FACT: This amendment is about marriage – and whether Minnesota wants to permanently limit the freedom to marry for committed and loving gay and lesbian couples. It has nothing to do with educational policy in Minnesota, and the way that children are raised or educated will not be changed as a result of this vote.

can marry boys.”

Minnesota for Marriage “Untitled Massachusetts Schools” 00:07 “When Massachusetts redefined marriage, schools taught it to children in second grade, including the school our son attended.”

FACT: This amendment is about marriage – and whether Minnesota wants to permanently limit the freedom to marry for committed and loving gay and lesbian couples here in our state. It has nothing to do with educational policy here in Minnesota. This claim has already been thoroughly refuted by both national and local media outlets. This July, Minnesota Public Radio Poligraph called this claim misleading, finding: “there’s no evidence that same-sex marriage is taught throughout Massachusetts, and the state doesn’t require such curriculum.” In 2010, PolitiFact looked into this claim when used in Rhode Island and called it false. FACT: As the Court of Appeals ruled: “Massachusetts does have a statute that requires parents be given notice and the opportunity to exempt their children from curriculum which primarily involves human sexual education or human sexuality issues. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 71, § 32A. The school system has declined to apply this statutory exemption to these plaintiffs on the basis that the materials do not primarily involve human sexual education or human sexuality issues.” (pp 3-4)

Minnesota for Marriage “Untitled Massachusetts Schools” 00:15 “Courts ruled parents had no right to take their children out of class or even be informed when this instruction is going to take place.”

Minnesota for Marriage “Untitled Massachusetts Schools” 00:15 “If marriage is redefined in Minnesota, same-sex marriage could be taught in local

FACT: The amendment on the ballot here in Minnesota has nothing to do with what will be taught in schools. It is about whether Minnesota wants to permanently limit the freedom to marry for committed and loving gay and lesbian couples here in our state. The proposed amendment reads: “Shall the Minnesota

schools, just as it was in Massachusetts.”

Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?” and says nothing about the curriculums in our state’s schools.

Minnesota for Marriage “Untitled Massachusetts Schools” 00:15 “Don't make the same mistake and think that gay marriage won't affect you.”

FACT: When this amendment is defeated here in Minnesota, there will be no change to our state’s laws or statutes as a result. Marriage for gay and lesbian couples will still not be legal and schools’ curriculums will not be changed. Parents will continue to teach their children their family’s values at home.

Minnesota for Marriage “Untitled Massachusetts Schools” 00:15 “Vote yes on amendment one to protect marriage.”

FACT: A Yes vote on this amendment will not protect marriage; it will only limit the freedom to marry by excluding committed and loving gay and lesbian couples from marriage.

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