Prince George’s power couple cuts ad in response to controversy at Gallaudet

October 20, 2012

Jolene and Glenn F. Ivey, a power couple well-known in Prince George’s County politics, are appearing in a new television ad produced by same-sex marriage supporters to counter an attack from the other side.

In the new ad, the Iveys take issue with a spot aired by same-sex marriage opponents that features Angela McCaskill, the chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University who was suspended after signing a petition to put the state’s new gay-nuptials law on the ballot.

The episode at the university for the deaf and hard of hearing in the District has become fodder in the debate over Question 6 on Maryland’s ballot, with opponents arguing it highlights the kind of intolerance that could result from legalizing same-sex marriage

“As a former state’s attorney, I know Question 6 would actually strengthen protections for religious freedom and individual views,” Glenn Ivey, Prince George’s former top prosecutor, says in the ad.

“The official should be reinstated and supporters of Question 6, like us, have said just that,” Jolene Ivey continues.

“Say ‘no’ to all those misleading ads meant to divide us, and vote ‘yes’ for a Maryland where everyone is treated equally under the law,” Glenn Ivey concludes.

The ad is the latest attempt by Marylanders for Marriage Equality to highlight support from Prince George’s officials. On Friday, the group was quick to issue a press release after Rushern L. Baker III (D) announced his support for Question 6 on a radio program.

A Washington Post poll released this week showed that statewide, likely voters support Question 6 by a margin of 52 percent to 43 percent. Support lags in Prince George’s.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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