Opponents of Question 6 are airing a television commercial that claims same-sex marriage could be "taught in schools" if the law is upheld in the November election.
What the ad says: The commercial features David and Tonia Parker, a Massachusetts couple who sued the school board when their son brought home a book that discussed gay married couples. A federal judge tossed out the lawsuit, saying schools are "entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens."
The facts: State and local boards set the curriculum in Maryland public schools, education officials note. Question 6 "does not affect public school curriculum in the State of Maryland," Lillian M. Lowery, the state schools superintendent, said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun. "Whether or not a couple has a civil marriage license is not a matter for the public school system."