City Paper is not for tourists
This ad in bus shelters all over the District is brought to you by Baltimore-based Christian nonprofit Campaign for Our Children, which is “targeting the attitudes of teens aged 15 to 19 with a bold new program, aimed at promoting one of the world’s most cherished institutions: marriage.”
First: 15- to 19-year-olds?
Second: CEO of Campaign for Our Children, Hal Donofrio, told D.C. gay pub MetroWeekly: “I would say, it’s not your issue. It has to do with the birth of babies and preventing unwanted pregnancy. Grind your axe somewhere else. We’re not in that arena. We don’t want to dictate to anyone. We just want to prevent teen pregnancy.”
Third: Not only are these ads offensive to gay people, they’re offensive to single people who have a bunch of smug-marrieds as friends, and married people who remember what it was like to be single and have a bunch of smug-marrieds as friends.
How long this campaign will last is unclear. Clear Channel Outdoors, which maintains D.C.’s bus shelters and sells its ads, has not yet returned a call. When they finally get back to me, what should I ask them?