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Monday, October 29, 2012

Who's this Guy in the Bigoted New Reject R-74 Ad?

Posted by on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM

A Massachusetts man named David Parker stars in the new ad to oppose same-sex marriage in Washington State, which warns that approving Referendum 74 would mean "schools could teach that boys could marry boys."

Marriage Fact Check debunks the commercial's claims and premise, but what's probably more interesting is who this David Parker guy really is. He's not just some concerned parent, not just some father who was idly living his New England life when gay marriage poisoned his progeny.

Parker has a track-record as a certifiable bigot who has equated homosexuality with a disease. After the jump, there's a fact sheet—via the Washington United for Marriage campaign—on the real David Parker.

David Parker: Concerned Parent
or Activist?

David Parker, who has appeared in numerous anti-equality
ads across the country, claims he is a parent concerned about the books
being taught in his child’s classroom. But Parker’s history of
making extreme statements about homosexuality and details about his
2005 arrest for trespassing at his child’s school indicate he is an
activist looking for a fight.


David Parker Has A History Of Making Extreme Statements.

  • Asked if he thinks being a homosexual is the equivalent of having a disease, Parker responded unequivocally: It is.

  • Parker likened households headed by same-sex couples to gangs: Gangs consider themselves families too.

  • Parker lamented the fact that schools wont allow religious testimony on how to escape homosexuality.

  • When reminded that same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts,
    responded: Like I said, prostitution is legal in Nevada.


Parker Was Arrested In 2005 For Refusing To Leave
His Child’s School, Said He Wanted Parental Notification – But Reports
Show He Did Receive Notification.
The Boston Globe reported,David Parker was arrested for trespassing
at Estabrook Elementary School in April 2005, when he refused to leave
the building until school officials promised to give him prior notification
of their use of books that include homosexual characters. Rachel Cortez, president of the school's
parent-teacher association, said at the time that parents are given
a chance to examine the books during a back-to-school night event early
in the school year.”
(The Boston Globe, 10/9/08)

Parker Was Given The Opportunity To Leave School
Grounds On His Own; Parker Declared, “If I’m Not Under Arrest Then
I’m Not Leaving.”
Lexington Schools Superintendent William J. Hurley and Lexington
Police Chief Christopher Casey wrote in a statement following Parker’s
arrest: “With the hours passing and the Parkers refusing to leave
the school building, the Lexington Police were notified. While Mrs. Parker chose to leave before
police arrival, Mr. Parker did not. Two plain-clothed detectives arrived
at 5:20 p.m., followed by a Police Lieutenant at 6:00 p.m. All attempted
to coax Mr. Parker to leave voluntarily. However, Mr. Parker made it
clear that he would not leave unless his demands were met and that he
knew he was engaging in ‘civil disobedience’ and was willing to
accept the consequences
. Mr. Parker declared, ‘If I’m not under arrest then I’m
not leaving.’
Mr. Parker also used his cell phone to make a
number of phone calls, and a small group of people began arriving with
cameras.” (Lexington Public Schools, Press Release,

Parker “Chose Not To Be Bailed.” Lexington Schools Superintendent William J. Hurley and Lexington
Police Chief Christopher Casey wrote: “Finally, when it became necessary
for the administrative staff to leave and secure the building, the police
arrested Mr. Parker at 6:24 p.m. The group with the video camera was
waiting behind the police station and photographed Mr. Parker’s arrival. Mr. Parker was processed at the police
station, afforded all his rights, and after using the telephone, chose
not to be bailed
. He was held overnight at the Lexington Police
station and in the morning was transported to the Concord District Court
for arraignment.” (Lexington Public Schools, Press Release,

  • Parker Refused To Pay $40 Bail. ABC News reported, Parker was arrested and, after refusing to post the $40 bail, he
    spent the night in jail
    .” (ABC News, Culture War Hits Kindergarten, 10/19/05)


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rob! 1
Jowly, head-tossing prigs no one else would wanna marry at least have each other to marry. Hooray for the OMOW status quo.
Posted by rob! on October 29, 2012 at 5:09 PM · Report this
You can tell an a-hole when you see one, sometimes, and this Parker guy certainly looks and speaks like one.

One great bonus reason to vote for R-74, people - to stick it to the David Parkers of the world.
Posted by floater on October 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM · Report this
BoyfriendoftheYear 3
I don't even understand why this is a thing for them. If gay marriage is legalized, schools will teach kids that boys can marry boys... Well, yeah. They can. Boys CAN marry boys.

And what this crap about opting out? Parents don't get opt-out notifications for anything else, do they??
Posted by BoyfriendoftheYear on October 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 4
SO WHAT? So fucking what! Come on we all know the tactics used in 32 out of 32 attempts to deny civil equality to Gay Citizens was a lie, yet they were 100% successful. They won each and every time with the same message.

The goal is to win, that's the American way.

The point is that they know what works not that they use bigots with questionable morals.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on October 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Wait, wait, wait. Are you insinuating that someone who cut a commercial for a political cause actually believes in his political cause? Cause that's some crazy mind blowing shit right there. This is the kind of news that I haven't been able to find ever since Paul Harvey died from not being alive enough. " ....and now, Dave Schmader with the REST of the story..."
Posted by Limey Rick on October 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM · Report this
Mark in Colorado 6
@4 Precisely.

And because our side refuses to fight fire with fire we lose.
I said I wouldn't be surprised if R-74 is rejected.
Now I feel certain it will be rejected.
I would be thrilled to be wrong and as a result called every name in the book and have the worst wished upon me -- but sad to say the odds are in my favor.
Posted by Mark in Colorado on October 29, 2012 at 6:13 PM · Report this
Whoops, that should have been directed at Dominic not Dave. And Dominic - I actually think you're great. This post just didn't meet my expectations of you.
Posted by Limey Rick on October 29, 2012 at 6:14 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 8

It seems as if the ad tries to portray the couple as something of an "everyman" (and woman) who common, non-bigoted folk could easily identify with. Providing some appropriate context for the guy hardly seems extraneous or irrelevant.
Posted by mikethehammer on October 29, 2012 at 7:10 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 9
@6 Well, you're not in WA, so you don't really have any clue. I can't honestly say which was it will go. Although I'm prepared to party like it's 1999 if the polling bears out on election day.

As to your other point, this is how the marginalized & powerless win. They can't use the same tactics as their opponents. The bigots in power only have power. They try to wrap themselves in moral right. If you play their game, you end up being as morally bankrupt as they are. And without the funds to hide it, you'll lose out. The Civil Rights struggle holds endless lessons on how to overturn bigotry. One of the foremost is to act w/ the moral authority that your opponents claim. The bigots can't win against that: they can only forestall the inevitable.

Those aren't loses. Proposition 8 wasn't a loss. The bigots had to pay mucho dinero to fight it, call in their reserves. Ten years before, they could have swatted it aside w/o thinking. The anti-72 crowd, like those against Prop 8, had to go national to fight it. They can't defeat it at the local/state level. Every election, there will be another one to fight. Every election, they'll lose more money. It's inevitable. We're not losing, we're winning, no matter what happens on election day.

But I'm still preparing for a fucking huge party & dancing in the streets.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM · Report this
What a dickhole.
Posted by HOT PUSSY on October 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM · Report this
pfffter 11
Please, everyone, getting out the vote in King County is crucial. Please consider volunteering for a shift of phone banking or door to door get out the vote efforts. The focus is on talking to SUPPORTERS and making sure they vote. Don't sit on the sidelines and wish you'd done more!

Posted by pfffter on October 29, 2012 at 9:48 PM · Report this
Anyone accusing someone of being a BIGOT is a BIGOT himself. Go look in the mirror!!!!!
Posted by Rosie777 on October 29, 2012 at 9:52 PM · Report this
pfffter 13
Yes, Rosie, dazzle us with your acumen.
Posted by pfffter on October 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 14
@12 - So that must mean you... My GOD! We're in a bigotloop!
Posted by MacCrocodile on October 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM · Report this
Skot 15
Hold on now. Anyone who uses caps and multiple exclamation points for emphasis deserves a place in the discussion. This is the internet after all.
Posted by Skot on October 30, 2012 at 4:10 AM · Report this
You can't fight this with facts, because the people who buy into this BS aren't concerned about facts in the first place. I've said it before, and I'll say it again- the way to get these people to vote for Ref 74 is to frame it entirely as a Church rights initiative. We should be airing commercials night and day in Eastern Washington featuring supportive clergy stating that "Ref 74 protects a church's right not to perform a gay marriage", with catchy slogans at the end like, "Referendum 74: Protect Church's rights on Marriage". THAT'S the way to convince these people to vote for it.
Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER on October 30, 2012 at 8:19 AM · Report this
@12: The only good bigotry is your bigotry? A little less focus on the mirrors and a little more focus on remembering to take your meds, please, Rosie.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on October 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM · Report this
I feel really bad for his kid. Growing up in a hate-filled household can't be good for anyone.

Say, if he can ask for his kid to be taught about gay marriage, could other people ask for their kids not to be taught about straight marriage?
Posted by juli81 on October 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Helenka (also a Canuck) 19
If Parker still lives in MA, then my biggest wish is that he be forced to encounter several SS married couples at a PTA event. I'd like to see him backed into a corner, eyes jerking back and forth in desperation because ... THE HORROR.

OTOH, let's pretend that his children will never learn at school that boys can marry boys. And, because of the insular nature of the bubble enforced by their father, they don't learn about it from any other source. Then, they graduate from school, walk out into the real world, read a newspaper for the first time, and realize that the world isn't at all like their father described. If they're lucky (not having been so indoctrinated they can no longer evaluate people and situations on their own merits), they'll only feel cheated that they'd never been taught how to interact sociably with a wide variety of people who are different from them.
Posted by Helenka (also a Canuck) on October 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM · Report this
I am so glad I saw this ad multiple times today, because I had no idea Ref 74 was about teaching grade school children who to marry. Oh wait, it has nothing to do with what your children are taught in school, it is about equal rights for adults. How is this bigoted fear mongering crap allowed on TV, when even WA state school officials are confused as to what this ad is suggesting will happen (because in reality the referendum will have no effect on their curriculum). Source:…
Posted by aurora on October 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM · Report this

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