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8/10/10

Media Covers Up Key Errors In Prop 8 Ruling

From the Mormon Times:

At the heart of Duncan's arguments were that Judge Walker simply rejected any conclusion about the value of marriage to society. Walker supported his ruling with the untenable sentiment that those who support marriage between a man and woman are simply motivated by hatred toward those who seek same-sex marriage. Duncan also said that same-sex marriage proponents try to paint religious beliefs about traditional marriage as hurtful and harmful. Indeed, Walker accepted opponent's logic that animosity drove voters to approve Proposition 8. Duncan questioned whether such feelings were on voters' minds when they voted to pass the proposition.

Prompted by Duncan's critique, the MMO reviewed several news and opinion articles about the Proposition 8 decision. The New York Times spent the majority of its report talking to winners and losers in the battle. The central idea of the judge's logic was buried deep in the story...

The Montreal Gazette reported: "Whether this landmark ruling is taken as a boon to equality or a blow to family values, however, may depend on the location and readership of the reporting media source, suggests a study in the September issue of The Social Science Journal. In performing an in-depth content analysis of gay-marriage articles in two leading U.S. newspapers — The New York Times and Chicago Tribune — researchers uncovered measurable ideological differences in the framing of the issue. 'In terms of the big picture, the two newspapers looked at gay marriage very differently: one from the perspective of human equality, one from the perspective of human morality,' says study co-author Juan Meng, assistant professor of public relations at the University of Day ton, a Catholic university in Ohio."...

Most reporters ignored how the judge bought arguments that other-sex marriage supporters are motivated by animosity and a feeling of superiority against gays. On Friday, Duncan spoke out against such logic and questioned whether that was on the mind of voters who voted for Proposition 8. He told the FAIR audience that same-sex union proponents only want churches and the religious to become involved in public issues when it either fits proponents' goals or perhaps meets a non-controversial generic humanitarian goal. Duncan pointed out that same-sex marriage proponents actively recruit religious groups which would support their agenda but criticize religions that oppose something they don't support. Thus, the religious are free to believe as they wish as long as they don't bring unwelcome ideas into the public square.

While Duncan argued Friday that a so-called "right" to same-sex marriage does not exist in the Constitution, editorial page writers were willing to say the ruling restored a "right," including this editorial in the The Washington Post.

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