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Conservative Christians are outraged over car ad showing happy lesbian newlyweds

two lesbian newlyweds hold each other's faces lean in for a kiss in Volkswagen's Super Bowl ad
A scene from Volkswagen's ad Photo: YouTube screenshot

The anti-LGBTQ+ conservative Christian organization One Million Moms (OMM) has condemned a new one-minute advertisement from Volkswagen because it shows a happy lesbian newlywed couple for literally one second. Notably, OMM had nothing to say about three seconds in the ad when several children dress up as Star Wars‘ Darth Vader, a torturer, child murderer, and architect of planetary genocide.

Volkswagen’s ad, originally released during the latest Super Bowl, shows the evolution of the company’s iconically shaped vehicles from the time of their first import in 1949 to the modern day. In one of the contemporary scenes, lasting barely two seconds, a lesbian newlywed walks out of a chapel in white wedding dresses as their friends shower them with white flower petals. The couple enters a white van with “Just married!!” written on its rear window and then leans in to kiss one another, though the actual kiss is never shown.

In its rant against the ad, OMM said that Volkswagen should be “shamed of attempting to normalize sin” and “pushing away conservative customers.” The group said nothing about another scene later in the ad showing five children dressed in the dark helmets and capes of Darth Vader, an fascist Star Wars villain who slaughtered young children, tortured a princess, and killed countless innocents by blowing up their home planets with his Death Star superweapon.

“Volkswagen is using its ad to subject families to the decay of cultural morals and values while belittling the sanctity of marriage and attempting to redefine family,” OMM wrote. “Even though homosexuality is unnatural, this advertisement is pushing the LGBTQ agenda. An even greater concern is that the controversial commercial is airing when children are likely to watch television.” OMM said the ad has been broadcast to “unsuspecting young audiences” watching the Disney+ TV streaming service.

Despite the group’s claim, homosexuality is completely natural, being found in humans and other animal species throughout history.

“Millions of Americans strongly believe marriage should be between one man and one woman,” OMM wrote, ignoring the millions of Americans who believe it should also include consenting adults of any gender. “We must remain diligent and stand up for biblical values and truth. Scripture says multiple times that homosexuality is wrong, and God will not tolerate this sinful nature,” the group adds.

The group then mentions Romans 1:26-27, a New Testament Bible verse that says, “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.”

Although anti-LGBTQ+ Christians cite the above verse as “proof” of homosexuality being “unnatural,” others say that the verse condemns lust rather than sexual orientation.

OMM — an offshoot of the anti-LGBTQ+ American Family Association — then encourages its followers to sign a petition telling the company to pull its inclusive ad immediately. They claim to have gotten over 13,000 signatures on their petition so far.

OMM, which only has 108,000 social media followers on Facebook and X, has a habit of throwing a fit anytime any company anywhere publicly acknowledges the existence of queer people.

Their past moral outrage has been directed at Parents magazine for featuring a same-sex couple, an anti-smoking ad that mentioned erectile dysfunctionHighlights magazine for acknowledging gay people, Scholastic books for featuring LGBTQ-inclusive children’s books, the Roseanne reboot for featuring a non-binary child, a Disney cartoon series for its brief scene of two men kissing, a Zales jewelry commercial for featuring a lesbian couple, the fairy tale drama series Once Upon a Time for showing a lesbian kiss, a 30-second TV ad for featuring an affectionate male same-sex couple, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for featuring trans and nonbinary performers, an ad showing a lesbian couple playing with their laundry, and humorous insurance ad showing a male same-sex couple.

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