News anchor, anti-abortion activist to be the ‘face’ of Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment

Monday, January 09, 2012 at 7:00 am

Kalley King Yanta, a former anchor for a Minneapolis-based television station and an anti-abortion-rights 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 Yanta — have come under immediate scrutiny.

“The Minnesota Marriage Minute videos are an exciting opportunity to promote a respectful dialogue about the future of marriage in Minnesota,” said John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage, in a recent statement announcing the videos.

“We especially want to thank Kalley Yanta, a veteran former news anchor and devoted mother for volunteering her time to make these important videos,” said Helmberger. “We are grateful for Kalley’s faithful commitment to preserving marriage in Minnesota and for her experience and poise in presenting the various topics. We are confident that she will be well received by Minnesotans across the State.”

The first video in the series is an introduction:

Yanta launched her new project with Minnesota for Marriage on Pastor Brad Brandon’s “Word of Truth” radio show on Wednesday.

“This is a big deal,” she said of the anti-gay marriage amendment. “People need to really pay attention to this.”

Yanta said they’ve taped 30 of the “marriage minutes” and are considering also creating radio and television spots. The Minnesota for Marriage group asked her to be the “face” of the effort, she told Brandon.

She also said she signed up for the project because of her own marriage and that fact that same-sex parents are harmful to children.

“I feel very, very grateful to have a good marriage,” Yanta told Brandon. “I want to be a part of … preserving that as our definition of marriage in Minnesota. … There are many efforts under way to tear apart the foundation of our society, which is the family.

“Thirty-one states across the nation have taken up this amendment and all have passed it, so if Minnesota doesn’t, we’d be the first not to, and that sets a precedent for the rest of the nation, and we don’t want to do that” she continued.

Yanta refuted the idea that same-sex parents can raise healthy, well-adjusted children, referring to a conversation she had with a “very prominent CEO of a major metropolitan hospital here in town,” who defended gay parenting.

“I have beg to differ with that opinion,” she said. “There are studies that are being conducted right now about how children are being raised and how that affects somebody in their psyche and in their self-esteem and in the various ways that that can affect a person being raised by either a man and a man or a woman and a woman. It’s not natural.”

Yanta also said that if the amendment doesn’t pass, Christian parents could be arrested.

“If marriage between homosexuals is legalized, what would some of the consequences be?” she asked rhetorically. “Parents who want to opt their kids out of the public school on the day that they’re teaching about homosexual relationships how it should be okay and accepted, and the parents are charged with discrimination and are hauled away sometimes in handcuffs. … We just can’t allow this to happen.

“We all need to have courage when it comes to speaking the truth,” she continued, noting that, so far, she hasn’t received any backlash from the videos.

But while Yanta may not have received backlash, the videos have.

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 New Hampshire affiliate used images from a rally featuring Barack Obama and passed them off as their own rallies.

The Minnesota for Marriage videos are not Kalley’s first foray into conservative Christian issue-oriented video production.

She has recently produced documentaries that express aimed her anti-abortion beliefs. In a November video, Yanta accuses Planned Parenthood of building “clandestine” and secretive headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota’s Midway neighborhood. The video compares the Planned Parenthood construction to the Nazis’ Auschwitz concentration camp complex.

Yanta’s video also discusses “post abortion syndrome,” a controversial notion that women experience higher rates of mental illness following an abortion. The video portrays it as a real illness, despite recent scientific research to the contrary. A study in January 2011, for instance, showed that women do not have a higher risk of mental illness after having an abortion. In fact, studies that have shown a link often have neglected to assess the mental health of the women prior to them becoming pregnant.

Yanta courted controversy in the late 1990s, when as the anchor of KSTP-TV, a Minneapolis ABC affiliate, she had to cancel a speaking engagement with a group called Concerned Citizens for Action, an anti-abortion group that would later become Pro-Life Action Ministries, an entity that Yanta has worked with for several years. The station did not say why the news anchor had to cancel the appearance, but Yanta later told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the event created the appearance of bias for the anchor.

She’s also been involved in Total Life Care Centers, a network of crisis pregnancy centers in Minnesota, many of which are state-funded despite providing information that medical experts and reproductive rights advocates have called false and misleading.

Photo: Screen shot of Kalley Yanta anchoring “Minnesota Marriage Minute: Episode 1″ (Source:



Mark Birch
Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 8:29 am

Either Yanta is really ignorant, or she’s being paid big bucks to tell lies. Either way, it only serves to highlight her complete lack of character.

Jeffrey Marks
Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 8:42 am

If the studies are being done “right now”, how can she know what the results would show? Several studies have shown just the opposite of what she’s espousing..

Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 9:48 am

Thirty-one states across the nation have taken up this amendment and all have passed it, so if Minnesota doesn’t, we’d be the first not to, and that sets a precedent for the rest of the nation, and we don’t want to do that” she continued.

Look ! when someone says such a stupid statement that that Minnesota does not?..another Ethnocentric person, who feels that it is something special to be Minnesotan?..such arrogance from the state that always says..”What works in every state or country, does not work here” was my take on this.Look! most Minnesotans will beat the drum to get past their apparent lack of a subject to heart, even if it has no bearing on anything, just to get “News about their humble abode”. I seen this in Maryland ge danced around and DC , and it eventually mostly a non-issue,only with Democratic party members..I tend to feel its just a diversion for the masses, to argue about , but it will happen anyway..Marriage is business..and it makes money for the state..and just let it go..!.
Another Crusader on either side is not needed…get onto more important matters!..Vote Ron Paul!

Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 9:50 am

“If the studies are being done “right now”, how can she know what the results would show?”—Nobody said the studies she was referring to were being done honestly. It’s easy enough to cook up a result; FRC and their ilk do it all the time.

Mark Birch
Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 10:34 am

“Christian parents could get arrested”

….Lions and tigers and bears, oh MY! Suck up to the morons, now! Chop Chop!

gale routh
Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 10:52 am

this is stupid, gay people can’t have good marriages, too?

the bible supported abortion, that was done by a priest, in god’s name, in his holly temple!
the 1984 niv footnote of numbers 5:11-31 explained what “to thy thigh to rot, thy belly to swell” meant:
Numbers 5:21 Or causes you to have a miscarrying womb and barrenness” to CAUSE a miscarrying womb IS an abortion.

the judeo-christian god is a myth and historical evidence proves it.
3.3.3 Atheism: A History of God (Part 1)

gale routh
Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 10:53 am

fetus (NOT A BABY, THEY ARE BORN…GOOGLE THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CHART) is a parasite because the classification of the biological relationship that is based on the behavior of one organism (the fetus) and how it relates to the woman’s body:

as a zygote, it invaded the woman’s uterus using its Trophoblast cells and hijacked her immune system by using Neurokinin B and using HCG—-so her body won’t KILL it, and stole her nutrients to survive and causes her harm or potential DEATH!

wikipedia org/wiki/Immune_tolerance_in_pregnancy

“it is also possible for a symbiotic relationship to exist between two organisms of the same species.”
answers com/topic/symbiosis —–Gale’s Science of Everyday Things:

“an animal or plant that lives in or on another (the host) from which it obtains nourishment. The host does not benefit from the association and is often harmed by it”
thefreedictionary com/parasite

pregnancy causes women harm: thelizlibrary org/liz/004

if a man can kill his tapeworm at anytime, so should a woman abort her unwanted human parasitic fetus at anytime, too.

so i will kill any unwanted, parasitic life-form that needs my body to live—including your precious fetus; not your body carrying the unwanted fetus, not your problem nor your concern…period, get over it.

Nana Ellie
Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

GO GALE ROUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

Miss Yanta should focus on her own marriage and family —- and leave mine alone.

Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

No abortion = more % of gay babies :-)
she needs money like Maggie

Marco Luxe
Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

I can’t wait for the media to dig up someone who has slept with Mr. Yanta. It’s the holier-than-thou who always have fd-up relationships.

Barbara Whitney
Comment posted January 9, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

Funny, I lived in Mpls, and it has one of the largest (at one time – the largest) groups of Pagans and Gays living there and saw little of this kind of behavior unless it came out of Minnetonka and Michelle Bachmann’s mouth. I have nephews who have a gay father, they turned out just fine. They are both married and one has 2 children already. Bottom line. Marriage was, is, and continues to be a contract between 2 people, written to keep property in the family of a female who was not allowed to inherit property. It was much later that the church got involved when they were asked to bless the contract. This is why we still have Justices of the Peace who are legally able to perform marriages, and why any church wishing to do the same must first, and foremost,.file the legal paperwork. Frankly, I would far rather have a gay roommate than a straight one, mostly because they tend to be a lot more cleanly about themselves and a whole helluva lot more compassionate. Religion has nothing to do with marriage – nor does marriage have anything to do with zealotry and ignorance. And anyone who thinks that gays are deviates, should look into their own minds first and foremost. The God and Goddess created diversity in over 1400 species, proof enough that it was part of the plan to begin with. Ignorance is not bliss – it’s the perpetuation of stupidity and superstition.

Loren Clobes
Comment posted January 10, 2012 @ 9:47 am

In the article there was a reference to “post abortion syndrome” and higher rates of mental illness following an abortion, but there is one other major concern which can follow a person who has had an abortion and that is the increased risk of breast cancer.
If you have any doubt about that, you might want to investigate why the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Association has previously donated a significant amount of money to Planned Parenthood.

God is in complete charge of this great universe, not mortals like you and I, and He will not be mocked.

Comment posted January 10, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

Michele Bachmann, Mark Dayton, Kalley King Yanta. All these crazy stupid politicians are giving Minnesota a bad reputation!

Voice of Reason
Comment posted January 14, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

Well an abortion is a homicide quite clearly. If fetal homicide laws definea child in utero at any stage of development as a person (and many do) and the Unborn Voctims of Violence Act recognizes the rights of children in uterao at any stage of development as people with human rights, then an abortion is a homicide. Now, what justifies allowing a premeditated homicide just because a woman wants to kill? Why would a civilized society allow such madness? The fact is that pregnancies related to rape and/or incest are less than 1% of abortions performed, so lets not veer off into some miniscule exception, lets discuss the real issue. That is women killing people for convenience. The pregnancies are the result of women engaging in voluntary behaviors with the known risk of becoming pregnant. The pregnancies were all PREVENTABLE 100%! Once the child in utero exists, it should be societies job to protect the least among us from those who would harm or kill them and have a voice and far more power.

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