In a new radio spot, opponents of gay marriage in New York characterize a push to legalize such unions in the state as an impending attack.

“Mayday! Mayday!,” a male voice says in the ad as bombs and sirens can be heard in the background. “The stability of New York has been threatened!”

“We read you Eagle One,” a second male voice says.

“Traditional marriage has taken a hit. Elected officials can't get a clear reading on the divinely ordained plan for the family.”

“Standby,” the second voice adds. “Launching major defense initiative.” (The audio is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The ad is part of the New Yorker's Family Research Foundation's Mayday for Marriage! tour, a statewide bus tour modeled after last year's nationwide Summer for Marriage Tour 2010 sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

The campaign to douse Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to make New York the sixth state in the nation to legalize the institution made its inaugural stop in downtown Elmira last Sunday.

Louis Marinelli, a former NOM strategist who recently announced his support for marriage equality, questioned the campaign's message.

“Are they under the impression that when marriage equality becomes a reality in the Empire State that Wall Street is going to go a muck?” he wrote at his website. “Perhaps a barbaric invasion from neighboring marriage equality states Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut is at hand.”

New York state Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. will lead a rally against the proposed legislation on Sunday.