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A Shoutout to Rob Tisinai
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 04/04/13
Last updated on: 04/04/13
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Video still from a satirical video by Rob Tisinai.

Activist and blogger Rob Tisinai has created some excellent videos parodying the messages of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The videos, produced on behalf of his fictitious National Marriage Organization, are amusing. In addition, however, they deliciously expose the absurdity of the arguments against marriage equality put forth by NOM.

Tisinai blogs regularly at Box Turtle Bulletin and at his own blog, Waking Up Now. His commentary is invariably insightful. He is also an avid cyclist who participates in the annual AIDS/Life Cycle Ride to End AIDS.

Tisinai recently announced the startling news that he has "given up the battle for so-called marriage equality," has "started an organization to promote traditional marriage," and would be posting "public service announcements to promote his new cause."

The first of these announcements is called "Redefining Marriage."

This announcement was quickly followed by one called "Think of the Children," which echoes the ominous tones of NOM's infamous "Gathering Storm" video.

The latest video in the series is called simply "Leviticus."

The videos manage to be good-humored even as they engage in piercing satire.

Tisinai is using the videos to publicize his participation in the AIDS/Life Cycle Ride, a seven-day event in June in which cyclists ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in order to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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