Maine’s Governor Raising Cash for Marriage Equality

Morning Sentinel (Maine)
September 1, 2009
Maine governor John Baldacci will be one of the headliners at a fund-raiser to defend marriage equality against a ballot initiative in November, a significant statement as many lawmakers have avoided taking sides on the upcoming vote. [Link]

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Anti-marriage Candidate Defeated in Race for House Seat in Iowa

Des Moines Register
September 1, 2009
Democratic candidate Curt Hanson won a fiercely contested House seat in Iowa's special election yesterday, beating out Republican candidate Stephen Burgmeier. The National Organization for Marriage spent $86,080 on TV ads backing Burgmeier. [Link]

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Wash. State Domestic Partnership Referendum Barely Makes Ballot

The Associated Press
August 31, 2009
Washington state election officials announced Monday that Referendum 71 has qualified for the November ballot with 121,486 valid signatures -- less than 1,000 above the minimum required. Supporters of expanded domestic partnership rights are moving to temporarily block the referendum from the ballot, arguing that election officials have accepted thousands of invalid petition signatures. [Link]

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Supporters of Expanded Domestic Partnerships for Same-Sex Couples in Washington State Sue Over Refer

The Associated Press
August 27, 2009
LGBT equality group Washington Families Standing Together sued Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed on Thursday, alleging that Reed has accepted thousands of non-legitimate signatures submitted in support of a measure that would put the state's expanded domestic partnership law on the November ballot. [Link]

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Anti-Marriage Equality Group Spends Over $86k on Television Ads

Des Moines Register
August 28, 2009
A disclosure report filed by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage revealed that the group has spent has spent $86,080 on television ads in support of an Iowa House candidate that wants the state's marriage equality law to be put up for a vote (more than either candidate for the seat has raised in cash). [Link]

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Action Alert: Maine Donor Increased Generous Offer!

Pam's House Blend
August 21, 2009

Pam writes, "Hi folks- want to thank those who have been able to give to No On 1/Protect Maine Equality; you ROCK! smile

Apparently the donor thinks so too- because I just got this email with an incredibly generous offer:"
On Wednesday, I challenged you to raise $10,000 by Friday. If we met that goal, a generous Maine donor agreed to match dollar for dollar up to $10,000.

Well, guess what? In less than 48 hours, you raised $16,098 through 354 supporters.

I just shared the news with our donor, who is so impressed with your initiative that he has doubled his challenge: he will now match every dollar up to $20,000 raised by midnight tonight.

That gives us less than 12 hours to raise $3,902.
We need your help - tell your friends, post it on Facebook, and try to recruit at least one person you know to help us meet the goal.

Let's show that we can double the donor match to $20,000.


If you were thinking about giving, please do so now. If you've already given, thank you. You are the backbone of this campaign. We now need you to help spread the word about this latest challenge.

Together, we can do it!

Sincerely,

Jesse Connolly
Campaign Manager
NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality
(Link)

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The Fierce Urgency of Maine

Change.org
August 15, 2009

Michael Jones writes, "This year will be remembered as the year of marriage equality, with four states enacting marriage equality already in 2009. But if conservative activists succeed in repealing Maine's freedom to marry law this November, 2009 could be remembered as the year that the momentum for marriage equality stalled. And we can't let that happen...If we win in Maine, it will have become the first time we have ever defended marriage equality at the ballot box. And the ripple effect of that in places like California could be huge." (Link)

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No on 1/Protect Maine Equality Supporters Open 3rd Campaign Office

WBZ
August 13, 2009

NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality held an open house Wednesday for its newest office in Lewiston. The other offices are in Portland and Brewer. (Link)

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Maine Moves Into High Gear

The Advocate
August 11, 2009

In a campaign that promises to go down to the wire, Maine voters will be the first to weigh in on an anti-gay ballot measure, meant to repeal marriage equality, since the vote on Proposition 8. (Link)

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Opponents Of Law Honoring Marriages of Same-Sex Couples To Turn In Petitions

WMTW.com
July 31, 2009
Stand For Marriage Maine, the group leading the effort to overturn a state law which honors the marriages of same-sex couples, said it plans to turn in its people's veto petitions Friday. The Secretary of State must then verify those signatures, gathered by drawing heavily on out-of-state contributions and professional signature gatherers. [Link]

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