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December 17, 2014

Anti-gay marriage group buys TV air time

Minnesota for Marriage made its first TV ad buy at KARE-TV, the Twin Cities NBC affiliate. The Associated Press reports the group supporting the proposed marriage amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota paid $186,300 for 162 30-second commercials.

Freedom to Marry, a group fighting to defeat the amendment, began airing TV ads last month.

The state’s amendment debate recently made national headlines after Minnesota for Marriage cited a controversial University of Texas study that claims children raised by same-sex parents were more likely to end up on welfare. Critics of the study say it doesn’t document the failure of same-sex marriage, but documents the failure of broken and unstable households preceded by same sex marriage.

Funding for the study comes from the Witherspoon Institute as well as the Bradley Foundation. Both institutions are well known for supporting conservative causes, the Examiner reports.

Minnesota for Marriage uses the study for their online series of videos: