Minnesota for Marriage Releases 4th VOTE YES TV Ad
When marriage was redefined in Massachusetts, local schools taught that boys can marry boys, and parents had no right to take their children out of class or even be informed when the instruction was going to take place.
Minneapolis, MN – Today, Minnesota for Marriage released its fourth TV ad designed to help Minnesotans understand that when marriage was redefined in Massachusetts, local schools taught that boys can marry boys, and the courts ruled that parents had no right to take their children out of class or even be informed when the instruction was going to take place.
“Parents have a right to know that if marriage is redefined in Minnesota, same-sex ‘marriage’ could be taught in public schools without prior notice, and parents could lose their right to opt their children out of such instruction, just like in Massachusetts,” said John Helmberger, Chairman of Minnesota for Marriage.
The ad features David and Tonia Parker whose six-year-old son was exposed to instruction about homosexual relationships in kindergarten. After objecting to the instruction, David Parker was arrested for “trespassing” and spent the night in jail and was taken to court in handcuffs. Months later, on the eve of trial, the charges were dropped.
The ad also documents how a second grade class in Lexington was subjected to being taught that boys can marry other boys. They were read the book “King & King” in class about a prince who marries another prince and lives happily ever after. When the parents objected, school officials refused to agree to notify them of future instruction of this type.
The parents subsequently sued, and the courts ruled they were not entitled to be given notice and had no legal right to opt their children out of such instruction. (Parker v. Hurley)
“If history is a guide, we can expect gay ‘marriage’ activists to push this teaching throughout Minnesota if gay ‘marriage’ is legalized,” continued Helmberger. “This will cause problems with the majority of Minnesotans who firmly believe that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. It puts parents and pastors in a difficult situation when they teach the truth of marriage at home and in church, but then their kids are taught something entirely different at school. This undermines parental rights and causes confusion for children. Also, schools are taking away from parents the right to determine the time and manner in which the highly contentious issue of gay ‘marriage’ is introduced to their children.”
“Don’t be fooled into thinking that gay ‘marriage’ won’t affect you or your children. VOTE YES on Amendment 1, the Marriage Protection Amendment, on November 6th,” concluded Helmberger.