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August 27, 2010

Peter & Paul Support Marriage Equality

The National Organization for [sic] Marriage organized a "Summer for Marriage" tour, which turned into a dismally unpopular affair. They'd get a half a dozen anti-gay marriage people to show up, while a larger group of pro-gay marriage people gathered nearby. Our friends at Prop 8 Trial Tracker followed the tour and noticed that NOM was using a recording of Peter, Paul & Mary's cover of Woody Guthrie's This Land Is Your Land to drown out the pro-gay protestors.

Brief video showing the song being played at a NOM rally in Albany.

Kathleen Perrin from Prop 8 Trial Tracker notified Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (Mary Travers died last year). The result was that Peter & Paul sent a nice cease and desist letter to NOM.

We would like to respectfully request that you refrain from playing the Peter, Paul & Mary recorded version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" at your public rallies. We respect your right to hold and advocate for any position you wish, but the philosophy of the "National Organization for Marriage" is directly contrary to the advocacy position Peter, Paul & Mary have held for decades, and so we do not want our recording of this song played at your rallies.

NOM used the song at least once again after receiving the letter from Peter and Paul.


The Japanese version.

Filed under Gay Issues,Music | permalink | August 27, 2010 at 05:29 PM

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