The Pulitzer Prize-winning whistle-blowing website PolitiFact will not let ridiculously false anti-gay claims made by the National Organization for Marriage go away quietly.
In Rhode Island -- where marriage equality discussion is gaining momentum -- NOM has infiltrated the conversation by mailing voters brochures with beguiling, inaccurate information.
The brochures, which NOM titled "Imposing same-sex marriage has consequences," list four "real consequences" of "redefining marriage to a genderless institution."
PolitiFact targeted one of NOM's misleading consequences in its study: "Massachusetts' public schools teach kids as young as kindergartners about gay marriage. Parents have no legal right to object!"
Here's what the publication discovered:
National Organization for Marriage mailing says that Massachusetts public schools teach kindergartners about gay marriage. The wording, including the present tense verb, gives the impression this is happening now, in many schools.
But the group's only evidence is two incidents five years ago. It's possible that somewhere, in one of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts, other kindergartners have been taught about same-sex marriage. But NOM couldn't cite any other examples. We find its statement False.
Unfortunately, despite PolitiFact's prestige, we aren't holding our breath for NOM to address its breach of reality and logic.