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National Organization for Marriage

"Ron Paul: Wrong on Marriage" +
:30 ad run starting Dec. 29, 2011 in IA.

[Sound/Music] Male Announcer: All the major presidential candidates have pledged to preserve traditional marriage.

Only one major candidate has refused. [SFX]  Ron Paul.

Paul has said [typing SFX] "sure" to gay marriage.

If the federal courts impose same sex marriage, [typing SFX] Paul is against an amendment to fix it.

Ron Paul has even called for abolishing marriage altogether.

You may think of Ron Paul as a conservative, but when it comes to marriage he's a radical who would destroy traditional marriage in America.

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Notes: The Dec. 29 press release...

National Organization For Marriage Ads Take On Ron Paul Over Marriage Stance
Television and Online Ads Target Iowa Voters with the Message that Paul Is Wrong On Marriage

Des Moines — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today launched a series of television and online ads critical of presidential candidate Ron Paul's refusal to fight to preserve traditional marriage. The ads will air during the run-up to the Iowa presidential caucuses on January 3rd.

"Many people think that Ron Paul is a conservative, but when it comes to marriage, he's no conservative – his position is radical and will lead to the destruction of traditional marriage in America," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Preserving traditional marriage matters to Iowans and NOM wants Iowa voters to know that Ron Paul is the only major candidate to refuse to pledge to preserve marriage."

Five of the major candidates on the ballot in Iowa have signed NOM's Marriage Pledge, promising to take specific steps to preserve traditional marriage — Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. Ron Paul has refused to sign NOM's marriage pledge.

The television ad, found here, informs voters that Ron Paul once said, "sure" when asked if gay marriage should be legal. He opposes a constitutional amendment to restore traditional marriage should federal courts impose gay marriage, as a district judge in San Francisco has already done. And Paul has even gone so far as to say that civil marriage should be abolished altogether.

In addition to a television ad, NOM also launch a series of online advertisements and a new website, www.wrongonmarriage.com highlighting Ron Paul's flawed views on marriage.

"Ron Paul holds positions that many conservatives support, but his position on marriage is far out of the mainstream and is simply unacceptable," Brown said. "Marriage between one man and one woman has been the foundation of American society and American families. It is truly radical for a serious presidential candidate to blithely cast marriage aside, suggesting that any private arrangement between adults can be called marriage. Marriage uniquely serves the common good and America deserves a president who respects that. Quite frankly, Ron Paul is worse on marriage than even Barack Obama."