Fox News chose to ignore the historic passage of marriage equality in Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota, opting instead to promote a handful of asinine horror stories about same-sex marriage.
Fox News viewers are likely unaware that three states - Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota -voted to legalize same-sex marriage over the past three weeks. That’s because Fox News spent a total of one minutecovering the stories, according to an Equality Matters analysis:
While CNN and MSNBC both covered the developments, Fox News made only three mentions of the passage of marriage equality in Rhode Island, entirely ignoring the new law in Delaware.
At the same time that Fox was ignoring these historic victories, the network promoted several stories meant to stoke right-wing fears about marriage equality.
On May 1 - just one day before Rhode Island’s vote - Fox News host Bill O’Reilly criticized a speech by Masha Gessen, a Russian gay activist who claimed that marriage equality would - and should — “change” the institution of marriage, adding “it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.” O’Reilly cited the speech as evidence that “a lot of gay activists” might secretly want to destroy marriage - a plot that O’Reilly refers to as “the Swedish model.” Watch the video.