It’s California All Over Again

No on 1/Protect Maine Equality
September 23, 2009
Once again, instead of having an honest debate about how to treat all Maine families fairly, the opposition wants to scare Maine voters about schools - this time by using a re-cycled Proposition 8 ad. No on 1/Protect Maine Equality says:
Maine voters deserve the facts. Let me be clear: Maine 's marriage equality law has nothing to do with public schools and marriage is not taught in Maine schools.
Enough is enough. We need your help to stop these lies. Their goal is to confuse and distract voters. We need to make sure that Maine voters know the facts-- but to do that we need another $18,583 by midnight so we can get our response ad on the air.
We need your help to fight back. Can you dig deep and make a contribution to help us refute this misleading new ad?
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New anti-gay ad in Maine is exact copy of California Prop. 8 ad

AMERICAblog
September 22, 2009
Joe Sudbay: Wow. Frank Schubert, the consultant who did the Yes on Prop. 8 campaign, isn't even trying in Maine. He's just recycling his Prop. 8 ads for the campaign in Maine. I know high paid consultants often do this, but at least they give the impression of trying something new. [Link]

Maine Ad:


Prop 8 Ad from last fall:


Link to No on 1/Protect Maine Equality to support marriage equality in Maine.

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Lessons from Prop 8 are Aiding Marriage Equality Forces in Maine

The Huffington Post
September 18, 2009
Paul Hogarth points out that No on 1/Protect Maine Equality has already issued a quick-response TV ad featuring Maine's 2005 Teacher of the Year refuting baseless charges that gay marriage will be a subject in public schools. A similarly deceptive ad was part of the strategy of those who backed Proposition 8 in California, but it took nearly two weeks for pro-marriage equality forces to issue a response. [Link]

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Maine Pediatricians Urge Voters to Reject Question 1 - Maine Chapter Reasserts Marriage Equality Ser

No on 1/Protect Maine Equality
September 22, 2009
Dr. Jonathan Fanburg, president of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Children who are raised by legally married parents benefit from the legal status granted to their parents. What is good for parents and families is good for children." [Link]

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No on 1/Protect Maine Equality Launches “Walk” Across State to Raise Funds and Awareness

No on 1/Protect Maine Equality
September 22, 2009
To help supporters make a BIG impact without breaking the bank, No on 1/Protect Maine Equality has launched an online "Walk Against 1." It's an old-fashioned walk-a-thon, but no one needs to leave their home. Proceeds will go toward running the critical field program during the last half of October in Maine. [Link]

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National Organization for Marriage President: We’ll Win in Maine

The Washington Independent
September 21, 2009
NOM's Maggie Gallagher cockily comments on Maine: “I’m pretty confident that, as in California, we’re going to win." Gallagher also criticizes the TV ad by NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality as "not very effective." [Link]

Click [here] to contact/contribute to No on 1/Protect Maine Campaign.

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NO on 1 Campaign Releases Detailed Memorandum Dispelling Ongoing Lies and Distortions by Question 1

Scribd
September 18, 2009


Maine Legal Rebuttal to Yes Ads

[Link] to No on 1/Protect Maine Equality



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Maine: Marriage Equality Race Tied Heading into November

Daily Kos
September 18, 2009
Polls in Maine are statistically deadlocked at present. There is no illusion of easy victory. If you live in Maine, register to vote early, if you live in the region, consider volunteering, and everyone else, if you can, consider contributing to the effort. If we can hold our hard-fought ground in Maine, it'll make it that much easier to fight for progress everywhere else. [Link]

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Outside Religious Right Groups Targeting Marriage Equality in Maine With a Prop 8-Style Campaign Bas

People for the American Way
September 18, 2009
People For the American Way issued a report on Thursday that documents how the Religious Right is targeting marriage equality in Maine with big money and false attacks, virtually identical to the fearmongering strategies in 2008's Proposition 8 campaign in California. [Link]

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Op-Ed: Debating Points Are One Thing, Falsehoods Are Another

Bangor Daily News
September 18, 2009
Those opposed to the freedom to marry in Maine claim that schools would be forced to teach “gay sex education” if the state's marriage equality law stands. It is baseless and betrays an ignorance about education. [Link]

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