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Yes on Prop 8 Releases TV Ad

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Last week No on Prop 8 launched the first TV ad in the November ballot fight and everyone knew the Yes on Prop 8 side would fight back. That day is today when they launched an ad using footage of gay rights San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom in the ad (and also includes Pepperdine University School of Law professor Richard Peterson).

Proposition 8, which would eliminate same sex marriage in California if passed, is one of the most heated battles within the state with large amounts of money raised on each side. Protect Marriage, the proponents of the prop (they want same sex marriage eliminated), are asking for donations while saying "wealthy gay activists and Hollywood liberals like Brad Pitt have spent $5 million on an 8 week media buy airing an issue advertisement designed to create public support for gay marriage."

No on Prop 8 campaign manager Dale Kelly Bankhead wrote in an e-mail today that truths presented in the proponents TV ad are "a blatant lie":


Their ad claims that the California Supreme Court "mandated" the right to marry for same-sex couples and, as a result, school children will be taught about same-sex marriage unless Prop 8 passes. Of course it's a blatant lie.

What the Court did was uphold the Constitution's promise of equality.

And the proponents know that their claim that the law requires that children be taught about same-sex marriage in school is also a lie, just like the other false claims in their misleading ad.

But honesty clearly is not a value that the proponents of Prop 8 believe in.

Both sides also launched more ads on their respective YouTube channels last week. Blogger Justin Mclachlan went through all of statements in the ads and fact checked them. He said both are "mostly accurate,"
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but both did not get green lights from him.