Last month, when supporters of Maryland marriage equality gathered for a New York fundraiser, the head of the main opposition group denounced the star-studded event as an attempt to “celebritize” the issue. But now, the same group is readying a new ad highlighting a Baltimore Ravens player who opposes LGBT rights, relying on his celebrity for their own cause.
As Susan Sarandon, John Waters, Josh Charles, Ed Norton, Barbara Bush (daughter of President George W. Bush), Russell Simmons, and others joined Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) to support Question 6, Maryland Marriage Alliance’s Derek McCoy accused the pro-equality group of “trying to celebritize the issue.” In a fundraising email, McCoy wrote:
Backed by Hollywood donors, homosexual activists are already proclaiming victory in their efforts to redefine marriage in Maryland. They are taking their fundraising out of state where they can attract major donors. We know that in spite of the millions that they will receive from movie stars, Marylanders WILL NOT allow marriage to be redefined.
But the McCoy seems to have quickly forgotten his concern. Monday, he told the Baltimore Sun that his group would release an ad this week featuring Ravens center Mark Birk voicing his opposition to civil marriage equality in the Free State. “We saved our videos for October. We’ll start doing more of them,” McCoy boasted.