Newspaper Ads Cite Gore's 'Gay Values'
(CNSNews.com) - Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic presidential contender, has abandoned the family values of his hometown in Carthage, Tennessee, in favor of Hollywood "gay values," family groups charged in recent newspaper ads in Gore's home state.
Gore supported an organization that is leading the campaign to pressure the Boy Scouts to admit homosexuals as troop leaders, said an ad placed in the Carthage Courier by the Americans for Truth PAC.
Gore also supported the organizers of a homosexual pride festival in Rome that was timed to coincide with the Catholic Church's Jubilee Year celebrations in the Vatican City last summer, another ad said.
The ads highlights letters Gore wrote to the two groups, wishing them success and regretting he was not able to attend the demonstration in Rome.
"No thanks, Mr. Gore," the ads conclude, "That kind of leadership we don't need."
The ads appeared days before the election. Polls show that the Republican presidential contender, Texas Governor George W. Bush, has a good chance of beating Gore in his home state and winning Tennessee's 11 Electoral College votes.
"We placed those ads in Al Gore's hometown newspaper to show how far Mr. Gore has strayed from solid Tennessee values," said Peter LaBarbera, director of Americans for Truth PAC.
"Gore talks about his 'Carthage values' but has embraced Hollywood's gay culture," he added.
Gore has been taking millions of dollars in soft money from homosexual activists and their allies, LaBarbera said, "and if the Republicans are afraid of raising the issue, then somebody else has to.
"It's a shame Bush never mentioned Gore being in favor of allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military. He hardly mentioned the Boy Scouts and never mentioned homosexual discussions in schools. So the problem is none of that gets addressed. Meanwhile, the gays are out there with all their propaganda, so we've got to be more involved from the other side," LaBarbera said.
Intense lobbying by homosexual activist groups and their allies against the Boy Scouts' stand has not hurt the organization's membership figures, or donations received, the Scouts reported.
This week, an anonymous benefactor gave two Boy Scout organizations a total of $1.5 million to refurbish five camps. The Greater Pittsburgh Council, Boy Scouts of America received $1.4 million and the Westmoreland-Fayette Councils received $100,000 in the largest single-donor gift in the Scout's history.
"We've seen a great deal of support for the Boy Scouts' positions - none of that size - but a number of unsolicited donations ranging from a dollar up to now $1.5 million," said Gregg Shields, a national spokesman for the Boy Scouts.
"The last several years have been some of our best years since the baby boom. Over the last three years, we've grown by about seven percent," he added.
Polls show that homosexual issues will feature prominently in a number of states on Tuesday. The debate over "civil unions" in Vermont is expected to bring record numbers of voters to the polls, giving Republicans their best chance in almost a decade of unseating Democratic Gov. Howard Dean, who supported civil unions, and of winning a majority in the Legislature.
In Nebraska, voters are expected to pass a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that seeks not only to ban homosexual marriage but declares same-sex domestic partnerships invalid as well.
In Maine, voters will be asked to vote on "Question 6," an anti-discrimination measure that family groups say will open the door to granting special rights to the state's homosexual community. According to commentators, the lack of opposition by the local Church ensures that the measure is likely to pass.
Calling homosexuality a "divisive" issue that is not necessary to children's education, a coalition of Oregon citizens is seeking to prevent public schools from teaching the subject in an initiative that will be voted on Tuesday. The Oregon Citizens' Alliance, a grassroots coalition of parent volunteers, collected enough signatures to send the initiative to the Secretary of State's office in Portland in summer.
"You see gay activists walking around with pins that say, 'It's the Supreme Court, Stupid,' and I wish the Bush campaign would have made something of the fact that just one Gore appointee to the Court could have nailed the Boy Scouts, or any other private groups, who just want to live by their own morality," LaBarbera said.