Postedon Sep 16, 2009 at 11:57 am
September 16, 2009
The latest email out of Maine:
Did you check out our opponents' new TV ad yesterday? If you did, I'm sure you are as angry as I am about their cynical and fear-mongering claims regarding Maine schools. They don't want to talk about treating loving, committed same-sex couples equally through marriage, so they distort, change the subject and incite fear.
Now we must make sure the voters of Maine get the facts. We have a new ad because we will not let any of these ridiculous claims go unanswered. It goes up this afternoon.
Click here to watch our ad and help set the record straight.
But here's where you come in. We're coming up short on our budget to keep it on the air next week.
Right now, we're just $8,243 short of our goal for next week's ad buy—but we need the money in the next 24 hours or our ad will stop airing on some key stations. Can you help us buy next week's air time?
$100 airs this ad prime time.
$50 airs this ad daytime network television.
$35 airs this ad on cable.
Our positive message about respecting families and protecting marriage equality will resonate with the voters of Maine—as long as we can get it in front of them.
Please watch the ad and chip in to help set the record straight.
Thanks for your support—together, I know we can win this!
NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality
PS—Did you miss yesterday's email with the other side's new TV ad? You can still watch it here.
Postedon Sep 15, 2009 at 11:27 am
September 14, 2009
The Seattle Times editorial board "strongly recommends Referendum 71" and says "the law at the heart of R-71 is about fundamental fairness for Washington families. Of course it should be approved." [Link]
Catholics for Marriage Equality Issues Statement in Response to Diocesan Fundraising for Campaign to
Postedon Sep 11, 2009 at 04:09 pm
September 11, 2009
The campaign defending marriage equality in Maine just released the following statement:
Catholics for Marriage Equality Issues Statement in Response to Diocesan Fundraising for Campaign to Repeal Maine’s Marriage Equality Law
Portland, Maine (Friday, September 11, 2009)---Catholics for Marriage Equality (C4ME), an organization urging Catholics and all Mainers to vote no on Question 1 on the November 3rd ballot, today issued the following statement in response to the Diocese of Portland’s fundraising for the campaign to repeal Maine’s marriage equality law:
“Catholics for Marriage Equality calls on its members and all Catholics who share our support for marriage equality to take two peaceful but effective actions in our parishes this Sunday so that the diocese will know it is not speaking for all faithful Catholics.
“First, instead of money, we urge parishioners who support marriage equality to place a note in the special collection envelope stating that they do not support the bishop's stance to deprive same-sex couples of the right to civil marriage and will instead donate funds to NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality (http://www.protectmaineequality.org), which opposes Question 1, or to a charity that is inclusive of all families.
“Second, we ask supportive Catholics to sign our petition affirming that the Church can define marriage as it wishes for its members but that marriage as a civil right is the prerogative of the state to define. Our petition is available at: http://religiouscoalition.org/
“C4ME exists to give hope to those who are hurt and angry because of our bishop’s determination to overturn the legislature’s passage of marriage equality. We will disseminate information that is truthful and respectful stating why marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and social justice that Catholics are free to support—indeed, may feel compelled to support as a matter of social conscience and responsible citizenship.”
Contact: Anne Underwood, Catholics for Marriage Equality, (207)650-1588
Postedon Sep 11, 2009 at 02:45 pm
September 11, 2009
Marc Mutty, chairman of anti-marriage equality Stand for Marriage Maine, sent out a mass email last week saying that the marriage law passed by the Legislature in May will make "gay sex education" mandatory in classrooms statewide. Jesse Connolly, campaign manager of No on 1/Protect Maine Equality, predicted that Maine voters will "see through these cynical campaign tactics" by Mutty & Co. "This is an attempt to divert attention and raise unfounded issues," said Connolly. "Question 1 has nothing to do with schools and no one is voting on curriculum in November." [Link]
Postedon Sep 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm
September 9, 2009
A federal judge on Thursday ordered the state of Washington to keep shielding the identities of people who signed petitions to force a vote on expanded benefits for domestic partners. [Link]
Postedon Sep 10, 2009 at 11:48 am
September 9, 2009
Washington Families Standing Together announced Wednesday that it will not appeal to the Washington Supreme Court to block placement of Referendum 71 on the November ballot. WFST Chairwoman Anne Levinson said the group has to prepare for the election “without the distraction of an ongoing legal debate.” [Link]
Postedon Sep 09, 2009 at 12:28 pm
September 8, 2009
A Wash. state judge on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit filed by pro-LGBT Washington Families Standing Together to block Referendum 71 from the Nov. ballot. The lawsuit claimed Secretary of State Sam Reed improperly accepted thousands of petition signatures. An appeal is considered likely. [Link]
Postedon Sep 04, 2009 at 12:36 pm
September 4, 2009
Signed Referendum 71 petitions in Washington state, public records under state law, remain at the center of a case being heard by a federal judge who is weighing a request by anti-gay activists to bar public release of the names on the petitions. The referendum would put the expansion of domestic partnership rights on November's general election ballot.[Link]
Postedon Sep 03, 2009 at 12:18 pm
September 3, 2009
Maine election officials announced Wednesday that opponents of the state’s marriage equality law had gathered enough voters’ signatures to put the issue to a vote in November. [Link]
Postedon Sep 03, 2009 at 12:07 pm
September 3, 2009
The No on 1 Campaign in Maine is running two new TV spots across the state starting Thursday, September 3rd.
Spot 1 - Tells the story of Sam Putnam of Portland , who plays football and baseball, and is the pride and joy of his mother, Jennifer and her partner, Michelle. For Sam, it's pretty basic -- this is his family and he wants them to be valued and treated equally in Maine. [Link]
Spot 2 - Introduces Bill Witten of Yarmouth , a former college football player and U.S. Marine. Bill has two daughters -- one gay and one straight. For Bill, it's simple -- he wants both his girls treated fairly and equally, and that includes marrying the person they love most in the world. [Link]