Marriage Amendment Ad Put Through the 'Truth Test'

Updated: 11/01/2012 8:17 PM By: Tom Hauser

An ad produced by the Minnesota for Marriage organization makes several claims about the potential impact if the marriage amendment doesn't pass.  

The group is the major supporter of the "vote yes" side on this issue.  

Most of the claims in the ad have some truth to them, but overall tend to mislead viewers about the potential impact.  

Find out what grade the ad gets as we put it through the 5 Eyewitness News "Truth Test."


How We Grade Political Ads in "Truth Test"

At the end of every "Truth Test," 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and KSTP.COM assign the tested political ad a grade.  Here's the criteria we use to determine that grade.

    An "A" requires nearly complete accuracy with little exaggeration and little or no need for more context.
    A "B" requires mostly accurate information, but gets marked down for minor exaggerations and misleading information.

    A "C" can be the result of inaccurate information or exaggerated information that misleads and gives the viewer no context.

    A "D" is the result of at least half the information being false or misleading to the point of leaving a false impression.

    An "F" is the result of more than half the information being outright false as well as misleading and out of context.