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Statewide Ads Begin in Defense of Marriage Equality in Maine

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A new 60-second ad produced by GLAD, Equality Maine, and MCLU began running across the state today as the focus heats up in that state to protect marriage equality.

Governor John Baldacci signed marriage equality into law on May 6.

The AP: "Maine's gay marriage law was scheduled to take effect next month, but it's been sidetracked as state election officials verify petitions submitted to force a statewide referendum.The law will be stayed and a November election called if state election officials certify the signatures of at least 55,087 registered voters. Gay marriage opponents say they collected more than 100,000 signatures."

The anti-gay marriage campaign is being run by the folks who ran California's "Yes on 8" campaign.

Noon1 The new ad does not make specific mention of the measure — "Vote No on 1" — or use its logo, though the campaign to defend marriage equality is in full swing, and you can find out more about how you can help HERE.

If marriage equality is lost in Maine, the consequences for the recently passed laws across New England could be disastrous. Much help is needed.

Watch the new ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Good ad. I liked how they had a few "stealth gays" in there who didn't come out until the very end.

    Posted by: Yeek | Aug 20, 2009 9:38:59 AM


  2. Bravo for Maine and the many volunteers and straight allies on the ground working to preserve the existing law and marriage equality for all people in Maine.

    I donated $500 this morning at their Website, it is easy and they have a great grassroots effort going on up there.

    Help them out everyone with any amount. We can win this one.

    Posted by: Chip Arndt | Aug 20, 2009 10:21:02 AM


  3. I am very excited to report that we have identified a special challenge grant from some wonderful folks in New York just this morning, due to all our efforts to get the word out.

    Frank Selvaggi, who's the Chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda, and his husband Bill Shea were married in Massachusetts in 2004 and have, as of this morning, pledged $25,000 to help keep marrriage equality in Maine.

    This challenge grant is being made with GLAD = Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, which is New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

    GLAD - http://www.glad.org - is working closely with the Maine Freedom to Marry Campaign - http://mainefreedomtomarry.com/ - so matching this challenge grant immediately by Frank and Bill with GLAD will be of great help to everyone working together on the ground in Maine.

    To participate in this challenge grant, contact Janet Lawn as soon as possible at GLAD for more details; she can be reached on either 617.426.1350 or jlawn@glad.org

    Just let her know that you are calling in to help match the generous challenge grant made today by Frank and Bill.

    Thank you so much Frank and Bill - onward we march together.

    We can win this.

    Posted by: Chip Arndt | Aug 20, 2009 11:24:31 AM


  4. I think "the consequences for the recently passed laws across New England could be disastrous" is a bit of an overstatement.

    Neither VT nor NH has ballot initiatives like Maine, so their laws are safe and will take effect in Sept (VT) and Jan. (NH).

    There is no threat to CT or MA either, where marriages are already legal.

    So no recently passed laws are under threat except for Maine, which has a history of one-step-forward (in the legislature) one-step-back (by ballot initiative) gay rights.

    Maine has already far exceeded in a few months the total spent on marriage equality (for and against, but mostly for) in VT. It is another battleground like CA was, and the outside money is pouring in. But they also have great grassroots folks there (better per capita than CA), and they may well pull off a victory for our side.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Aug 20, 2009 11:31:27 AM


  5. This is a nice ad, but I hope that Equality Maine has some sharper arrows in its quiver. If CA was any example, the Yes on 1 campaign is going to bombard the airwaves with ads featuring hyperventilating law professors bellowing about loss of parental rights, people sued for personal beliefs and lost tax exemptions for churches. Expect more ads with tag lines like "Gay Marriage WILL be taught in schools unless we vote YES on 1."

    The opposition will have no qualms about misrepresenting facts and presenting scary scenarios to further their goals. Equality Maine had better understand that and be prepared to counter the negative appeals to fear that are sure to come.

    Posted by: WilliamM | Aug 20, 2009 11:59:01 AM


  6. Do whatever you can to help the NO on 1 campaign. Call people in Maine to vote NO. Make videos online. Write emails to Maine newspapers.
    http://www.ipl.org/div/news/browse/US.7007515/

    New York Governor has promised to pass marriage equality in September. Contact the NY State Senate NOW and urge them to vote YES on marriage equality. It would be the best ad for marriage equality Maine could get.
    http://www.senate.state.ny.us/Senatorbio.nsf/Public_MemberEmail?openform

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 20, 2009 12:10:40 PM


  7. That ad was brilliant!

    I can already see a POSITIVE difference in how Maine will handle their referendum. They will strike first and not shy away from showing GAY couples and their families.

    The California crew running the show in Maine also has to be VERY careful. Some of the tactics that they used in California just won't fly in Maine. They will turn people off in two seconds with some of the hateful ads they pulled out of their asses in CA.

    Way to go Maine. I'm 100% behind you in your noble and honorable fight!

    CA probably SHOULD hold off until 2012 so that they can watch Maine and see how to win one of these things before they give it another go with the same people who screwed it up the first time.

    Posted by: Zeke | Aug 20, 2009 3:35:02 PM


  8. I do like the tone of the ad and its images of gay and straight people's families supporting equality.
    The introduction threw me into a double-take, though: "When you cross the border, something's different." I thought they were going to say that when you cross the border from Maine to the NORTH, you see how people live under REAL equality with equal rights at the municipal, regional and federal levels.... or maybe that when you cross the border from Maine into New Hampshire and then further into New England, you find states like Massachusetts where time hasn't been wasted trying to take away anyone's right to be treated as equals.
    I don't know Maine that well, but I would assume that crossing a border from ANY direction into Maine, things don't become more progressive but just slightly less so.

    On the other hand, I've never been there. I hope Mainers are as open-minded and fair as the ad suggests.

    Posted by: GregV | Aug 20, 2009 10:26:14 PM


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