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04/02/2012

Minn. for Marriage chooses 'cold and hungry' pic to illustrate cold and hurtful claims

by Jeremy Hooper

The folks behind the so-called Minnesota for Marriage campaign have created a new bingo-card-looking section of their website, on which they purport to present "facts" about the civil discrimination they are hoping to perpetuate this fall. And while that ruse is, in and of itself, enough to annoy tax-paying LGBT people and their allies, I find one of their chosen graphics to be particularly offensive. Check it out:

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[SOURCE: MN For Marriage]

What exactly are they trying to say here? Are they seriously implying that children of same-sex couples are more likely to end up holding a "Cold and Hungry" sign on some street corner somewhere? Because I'm racking my brain, trying to find any other explanation for why they would choose this image to represent this (deeply flawed) text. I'm not coming to any other conclusions.

Ideally, groups like Minnesota For Marriage would use this figure of a "cold and hungry" man to represent their movement's crudely misdirected focus, which comes at the expense of actual social issues like homelessness and hunger. Something tells me that was not the intent.

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