Kalley King Yanta, a former KSTP anchor and anti-abortion activist, has joined the Minnesota for Marriage group to anchor videos intended to convince Minnesotans to vote for the anti-gay marriage amendment on the ballot in 2012. The videos — and Kalley — have come under immediate scrutiny.
The American Independent reported on Yanta on Monday and her connections to anti-abortion activists.
Here’s the first video in the series:
Yanta launched her new project with Minnesota for Marriage on the Brad Brandon show on Wednesday.
Yanta said she has been talking with people who ask her about well-adjusted children of same-sex parents. She said that simply does not happen.
“I have to beg to differ with that opinion. There are studies about how children being raised — and how that affects somebody in their psyche and self esteem — being raised by a man and a man and a woman and a woman.”
She added, “It’s not natural.”
She also said that if the amendment doesn’t pass, Christian parents will be arrested.
“If marriage between homosexuals is legalized, what will some of the consequences be?” she asked rhetorically. “Parents who want to opt their kids out of a public school that is teaching about homosexual relationships, those parents are charged with disrcimination and hauled away sometimes in handcuffs. We just can’t allow this to happen.”
Minnesotans United for All Families, a coalition of more than 100 groups, analyzed the images in the first video released and determined that not a single person in the video was actually from Minnesota.
“While this video is full of stock images, it is strangely lacking in real Minnesotans,” the group said on its Facebook page. “Perhaps they couldn’t find any real Minnesotans willing to support their divisive agenda?”
One image appears to have been taken by a French photographer of a French family and another is being used on the website of an India-based health care center.
Most of the images were purchased through low-budget stock-photo websites.
And it’s not the first time a group affiliated with the National Organization for Marriage (NOM is one of three groups that make up Minnesota for Marriage) used stock photos to misrepresent support for their cause. In 2011, the group’s Rhode Island affiliate used images from a rally featuring Barack Obama and passed them off as their own rallies.