NOM Uses MLK in Antigay Ad

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 18 2010 10:35 AM ET

The National Organization for Marriage is using the voice and image of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a new ad that urges Minnesota voters to support gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who wants a public vote against marriage equality.

According to The Minnesota Independent, NOM president Brian Brown said in a statement Thursday, “We want the voters of Minnesota to know the facts about their rights and where the candidates stand on marriage. Just as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for the civil rights of Americans, we echo his words to give people the ballot and let the people vote!”

The radio ad was turned into a web video.

"Give us the ballot," says King in the spot.

NOM has used the likeness of MLK in previous antigay ads, but his relatives insist that he would not have supported a vote against the rights of others, according to the Independent.