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Group Flips Off Antigay Rhetoric

Group Flips Off Antigay Rhetoric

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When the forces behind gay activist website FCKH8.com get mad, it is best to anticipate something highly provocative.

Outraged by Minnesota's proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, scheduled to go before voters next year, the group has created a typically bold video, sarcastically addressing the "Top 5 Reasons to Ban Gay Marriage."

The video sends an in-your-face pro-gay message and promotes T-shirt sales, from which a portion of the proceeds will go to Minnesota gay advocacy groups. But the portion most likely to arouse controversy has two 12-year-old boys saying, "If I grow up gay, I want to get married some day!" followed by them sharing a quick kiss.

The video also skewers some religious groups' use of the Bible to argue against gay rights, noting, "It also says it's OK to sell your daughter into slavery and to stone people who work on Sunday ... so it's great for making laws."

Featured in the video is Los Angeles resident and actor Chris Tisa. He and the other activists wear neon-colored '80s-style T-shirts with messages such as "FCKH8," "That's So Gay," and "Don't B H8N on the Homos."

FCKH8.com has launched numerous videos in the past year, winning a following of more than just gay rights activists. Its humorous spin on the topic has generated a broad audience, 6 million online views, and over $250,000 toward gay rights causes.

The group has over 137,000 Facebook supporters and over 30,000 Twitter followers but is gaining much recognition with its viral videos.

"This video really rips apart the top arguments gay marriage foes use to oppose marriage equality," video director Luke Montgomery says of the latest effort. "It tells it like it is in a nondiplomatic way that our mainstream gay organizations understandably just can't. Gay or straight, this video is uniting people to say 'F--k Hate.'"

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