2012 Election | Gay Marriage | Maine

LPAC Raising Money To Pass Marriage Equality In Maine: VIDEO


LPAC, the newly formed political action committee created specifically to help lesbian candidates and women's causes, announced today that it's working with organizers in Maine to help win marriage equality there this November.

In this video, Mary Bonauto, the civil rights project director at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, explains how Mainers United for Marriage has been building on years of advocacy to win over voters on the fence about equality there.

With polls fairly close and Mainers United for Marriage working overtime to get out the pro-equality vote, LPAC hopes to raise $25,000 within a week to support their efforts. Watch Bonauto explain LPAC's origins, its involvement in Maine and why the vote matters AFTER THE JUMP and interested parties can donate HERE.

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  1. So they waited until it was clear that Maine was going to win, with or without them, before they jumped in. Very courageous!

    How about Minnesota where their money and support could actually make a difference?

    Most of our efforts should be focused on Minnesota at this point.

    We need a clean sweep to really drive a stake into the heart of NOM!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 13, 2012 3:40:52 PM

  2. This is the second ballot measure, the first one we lost by just 6,00 votes - it was close.

    Your characterization of LPAC's involvement is WAY off, their support of Mainers United for Marriage isn't new.

    And you are just plain wrong to claim that it's clear that Maine is going to win.

    Who exactly do you work for, NOM ?

    Posted by: MaineGuy | Sep 13, 2012 4:54:13 PM



    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 13, 2012 8:00:23 PM

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    Posted by: Alexander | Sep 13, 2012 8:37:16 PM

  5. "So they waited until it was clear that Maine was going to win, with or without them, before they jumped in. Very courageous!"

    @Zeke: As @MaineGuy says, Mary Bonauto has been working with Maine all along (it's her home state, after all), and so it makes perfect sense that they'd put LPAC resources into a neighboring state that she and other New England equality advocates know well. No one has done more to advance equality than Mary. We're doing the same thing from VT--helping a state we know well as much as we can because we have friends and contacts there.

    That doesn't take away from the MN effort or the importance of people with connections there helping out financially and otherwise. Proactively winning Maine, however, would send a clear message to NOM etc. that the tide is turning--in that sense it's especially important since our side put it on the ballot (unlike in Washington and Maryland). MN has a tougher road since even if the constitutional amendment fails, equality is still another fight there.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 13, 2012 9:09:17 PM

  6. I love Mary Bonauto! Please help them. We can win in Maine, but it's not guaranteed by any means. It would be huge if we do.

    Posted by: Q | Sep 14, 2012 12:45:16 AM

  7. NOM is POURING money into Maine to defeat marriage equality there; I can not believe anyone that's pro marriage equality would discourage donating to the cause.

    Meanwhile, in the rest of America, 28 states allow you to be FIRED form your job for being gay...

    PLEASE send a clear message to NOM, by donating to the campaign for marriage equality in Maine. We NEED a state that passes it via popular vote, and the efforts there have been just remarkable.

    Recently 27 churches got together in support of marriage equality in Maine !!! even some Catholic churches !!!

    NOM is REALLY p*ssed !

    We're SO close to having a win that would REALLY have a HUGE impact nationally.

    Defeating NOM is crucial, they won last time in part by violating state disclosure laws, their arrogance and slander of us knows truly no bounds.

    Posted by: NVTodd | Sep 14, 2012 1:47:02 AM

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