Anti-Gay Maine Group Premiering Two New TV Ads

MainecardProtect Marriage Maine, the discriminatory group bent on stopping a ballot measure that would allow gay marriage, is set to release two new TV ads tomorrow.

The first will feature Donald Mendell, a public school counselor who helped pass a 2009 referendum that repealed marriage equality there. His participation led to the filing of a complaint with the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. The complaint insisted Mendell "does not have the right as a licensed social worker to make public comments that can endanger or promote discrimination."

Mendell is now using that complaint in his commercial for Protect Marriage Maine, saying, "I was a successful school counselor in Maine for over 20 years — once nominated as teacher of the year. Yet when I supported traditional marriage, they tried to get me fired."

Caroll Conley from the thankfully out-funded Protect Marriage Maine claims allowing marriage equality will hurt his and others' religious freedoms, "There’s no tolerance for anyone who dares to speak out against their definition of marriage. Don Mendell is the perfect example… We think people's religious liberties go far beyond the walls of the church." Even into the state structure?

The second ad reportedly says same-sex couples want to "redefine marriage" and should instead settle with domestic registries: "‘Every Mainer has a right to love whom they choose but nobody has the right to redefine marriage." The ads are being paid for in part by the National Organization For Marriage, which still refuses to release the names of donors from its 2009 initiative to ban marriage in Maine.


  1. woodroad34d says

    He says we don’t have the right to “redefine” marraige. Who is he to even “define” marriage; his heterosexual religion; his own heterosexuality? He’s a five-year-old child who claims everything as “mine!”

  2. "The Gay" says

    This happened the last time.

    NOM is really good at lying and putting lies in their ads. The guidance councilor violated a code of ethics set by the National Association of Social Workers that says social workers should not publicly condone discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. And that was the basis of the complaint that was filed against him. The State licensing board eventually threw out the complaints due to “a lack of evidence”.

    That’s how rampant the anti gay forces are in every level of government in Maine, from the legislature to the mental health system, to the education system, it’s an uphill battle.

    It’s going to get uglier, it has to.

    EqualityMaine is doing what they can, but they still need our help.

    Personally, I wish they’d compile a list of people victimized by the bigots; the suicides, the abuse by so-called mental health professionals, the systemic discrimination, the murder of gay youth.

    It may simply be a matter of attrition if marriage equality doesn’t pass this time, every year support grows, but to be blunt, the old bigots influence only dies with them.

  3. Darrell says

    Considering Maine borders two Canadian Provinces (Quebec and New Brunswick) that have legal gay marriage due to Federal Canadian laws it will be heavily influenced by the fact that many residents on both sides of the border in that region are either related or friends. The people of Maine know how the examples of what Canadians have moved on in regards to legalising Gay Marriage Laws it will have a very positive outcome as Maine borders a very progressive society just north of it.

  4. "The Gay" says

    That theory sounds all nice and lovey-dovey, but the reality is the parts of the state that border Canada are some of the most conservative counties IN the state.

  5. says

    “We think people’s religious liberties go far beyond the walls of the church.”

    They don’t. There are limits on religious freedom just as there are limits on any other freedom. To say otherwise is to say that you don’t believe in the American system.

  6. Diogenes Arktos says

    @”The Gay”: “[T]he old bigots influence only dies with them.”

    Don’t be so sure. Yes, polls show the younger demographic to be far more supportive of marriage equality than the older, but the old bigot’s influence often does get passed down from parents to children:(

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