Published Sep 01, 2010Sixties folk troubadours Peter, Paul and Mary have penned a letter to the National Organization for Marriage asking the U.S.-based anti-gay marriage organization to stop playing the trio's cover of "This Land Is Your Land" after the song was used at a number of rallies this past summer.
"We respect your right to hold and advocate for any position you wish, but the philosophy of the 'National Organization for Marriage' is directly contrary to the advocacy position Peter, Paul & Mary have held for decades, and so we do not want our recording of this song played at your rallies," part of the letter reads. "We will certainly do our best to make it clear to those who are aware of your rallies that we strenuously object because of our very strong opposition to the philosophy of your organization as noted above. Further, we will see if there is any legal action that we might be able to take to restrain you from playing it."
The Courage Campaign, an online advocacy group for the legalization of gay and lesbian marriage in California and beyond, has praised Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and the recently deceased Mary Travers - all of whom have advocated equal marriage rights in the past - for a letter that sought to end the use of their song by the National Organization for Marriage.
The full letter, which is polite but unquestionably firm, can be read in its entirety here. You can also send a thank you note to the group at the same site.
Thanks to The Daily Swarm for the heads-up.