Campaign mail with a return address of the Republican National Committee warns West Virginia voters that the Bible will be prohibited and men will marry men if liberals win in November.
The literature shows a Bible with the word "banned" across it and a photo of a man, on his knees, placing a ring on the hand of another man with the word "allowed." The mailing tells West Virginians to "vote Republican to protect our families" and defeat the "liberal agenda." Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie said Friday that he wasn't aware of the mailing but said it could be the work of the RNC. "It wouldn't surprise me if we were mailing voters on the issue of same-sex marriage," Gillespie said.
The flier says that Republicans have passed laws protecting life; support defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman; and will nominate conservative judges who will "interpret the law and not legislate from the bench." It continues, "The liberal agenda includes removing 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance." It does not mention the names of the presidential candidates.
Jim Jordan, a spokesman for America Coming Together, described the mailing as "standard-issue Republican hate-mongering."
Gillespie said same-sex marriage is a legitimate issue in the election. President Bush has proposed amending the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage. John Kerry also opposes gay marriage but said a constitutional amendment is going too far.
The RNC also is running radio ads in several states to urge people to register to vote. "There is a line drawn in America today," one ad says. "On one side are the radicals trying to uproot our traditional values and our culture. They're fighting to hijack the institution of marriage, plotting to legalize partial-birth abortion, and working to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance and force the worst of Hollywood on the rest of America." "Are you on their side of the line?" the ad asks before making the plea to "support conservative Republican candidates."