Ad Blitz Kills Anti-Homosexual Initiative in Oregon

July 7, 2008 - 7:02 PM

( - A last-minute ad blitz by homosexual advocacy groups succeeded in killing an Oregon citizens' initiative that sought to prevent public schools from teaching the acceptance of homosexual or bisexual behavior.

After a summer campaign that showed popular support for the initiative, Measure 9 lost favor after homosexual advocacy groups launched a media blitz claiming the amendment would outlaw AIDS education, causing people's deaths - a distortion, say the amendment's authors.

"Measure 9, as it was written, would not have stopped AIDS education. But they ran thousands of commercials, and it made the difference," said Lon Mabon, director of the Oregon Citizens Alliance, the chief proponent of the measure.

The initiative said that sexual orientation as it relates to homosexuality and bisexuality was a divisive subject matter and not necessary to the instruction of students in public schools. The subject should not be presented in a public school in a manner that encourages, promotes or sanctions such behaviors, it said.

Family groups are currently rewriting Measure 9, putting in language "that says it could not be construed to limit or diminish the teaching of factual or appropriate AIDS education." They plan to put the measure on the agenda again in November 2002.

But Mabon says despite the setback in Oregon, evidence shows the tide of public opinion across the country may be turning in favor of family groups, "as long as people don't take it for granted.

"You still have the existing institutions out there that are pushing the gay agenda. One of those obviously is Hollywood, and family groups that see things from a right and wrong perspective need to let their opinion be known by their choice of products over products that support this kind of stuff on the airwaves," he said.

Other supporters of traditional family values also see a shift in public opinion. Maine voters' rejection of a "gay rights" initiative shows that most citizens, even in more liberal areas, oppose pro-homosexual laws, said Robert Knight, director of Cultural Studies at the Family Research Council.

Question 6, an anti-discrimination measure that family groups say would have opened the door to granting special rights to Maine's homosexual community, was defeated, 51 - 49 percent, on Election Day, despite a large spending advantage by homosexual advocates.

"The stunning victory over a heavily-favored homosexual initiative should be a signal to politicians and pundits everywhere that pro-homosexual laws are extremely unpopular with voters," Knight said in a statement.

"Homosexual activists massively outspent and out-organized their pro-family foes in Maine - and they received the usual help from the state's liberal media - yet they could not win a majority of the vote," he said.

In Nevada and Nebraska, voters supported by huge margins, measures that banned same-sex marriage and civil unions. In Vermont, Republicans won control of the state House of Representatives for the first time in 14 years in a campaign that was driven by voter dissatisfaction with a law allowing civil unions.