Gay marriage opponents have launched a national advertising campaign to discuss the risks to society if traditional marriage between a man and woman is not upheld.
The National Organization for Marriage kicked off the two-year campaign, Wednesday, with a budget of $1.5 million. NOM president Maggie Gallagher says the ads are a clear representation that "the American people oppose same-sex marriage."
"Every time they have had an opportunity to vote on it, they have rejected it in favor of upholding traditional marriage," she said. "Two recent national surveys state that 55 percent of Americans oppose same-sex marriage. Traditional marriage has served our country well since its founding."
The campaign's first TV spot is titled "Gathering Storm." It's message is on religious liberty issues and warns the viewer that threats to religious and personal liberties will become very real if same-sex marriage is legalized. Click here to watch the commercial.
The commercials are slated to air online and in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Iowa, New York and Pennsylvania.
The campaign is intended as an effort to educate the public about the pressuring of courts and legislatures by gay rights activists to re-define marriage against the wishes of voters.
During the two-year advertising campaign, NOM will also work with faith-based leaders to recruit more than two million activists for traditional marriage to stand up and be heard in legislatures, in the media, in the halls of Congress and in the White House.
Sources: National Organization for Marriage, Politico.com
*Originally aired April 9, 2009