Maine Public Education Ad Launched Today

EqualityMaine Foundation, GLAD, and Maine Civil Liberties Union Foundation
August 20, 2009

A television ad discussing the freedom to marry in Maine began running there today as part of an ongoing public education program.

Like the earlier work that’s happened over the last three years in Maine, the ad relates marriage equality to core Maine values of community and family and features Mainers, gay and straight, from across the state.

The ad is meant to prompt conversation in Maine and throughout the country about why marriage equality matters and how it strengthens communities and families. (Link)

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Let the Money Laundering Begin

The Huffington Post
August 17, 2009
California Against Hate's Fred Karger questions the sources of the funding provided by anti-gay groups such as NOM and Focus on the Family to the campaigns aimed at overturning Maine 's marriage equality law. [Link]

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The Fight for Marriage Equality: Maine is Ground Zero

Americans for Democratic Action
August 15, 2009
Maine passed marriage equality into law this year; however the same people who organized the effort for Prop 8 in California are now targeting Maine. The opposition is almost entirely funded and lobbied by out-of-state organizations/lobby groups. [Link]

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HRC pledges $125,000 in Maine’s fight for marriage equality

EDGE Boston
August 17, 2009
Marty Rouse, National Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign, delivered a check for $50,000 to Maine’s ’No On 1 - Protect Marriage Equality’ campaign August 12. "This campaign is a grassroots campaign and we feel confident it will be won by the grassroots, but we must try as best we can to raise a significant amount of money," Rouse said. [Link]

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The Fierce Urgency of Maine
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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Corvino: The Right’s immoral take on marriage equality
August 14, 2009

John Corvino writes, "Via a moving account of his cousin Bill’s sudden hospitalization and Bill’s partner Mike’s bedside ordeal, Rauch underscores how the “Not my department” response is not merely lazy; it’s morally unconscionable...In November Maine voters, like California voters last year, will decide whether to repeal marriage equality in that state. Now is a good time to go to and make a financial contribution. (Link)

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Call to Action in California – How to Win Marriage Back

August 13, 2009
By Evan Wolfson

Executive Director of Freedom to Marry and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People's Right to Marry

As someone 100% committed to winning the freedom to marry nationwide as soon as possible, I am very excited by Equality California’s report on the work already underway to restore the freedom to marry in California in 2012. To win marriage back, we have a lot to do, using every precious day between now and the election. EQCA’s roadmap to victory in 2012 offers everyone committed to winning marriage back a chance to pull together and tackle the tasks without wasting a moment.

Winning marriage back is not just about getting a measure on the ballot. It’s about enough conversations enough times over enough time to move hearts and minds. It’s about organizing that empowers diverse messengers to speak to the people and win over a slice of voters in their circles and communities. It’s building a campaign that is strategic, smart, and run with the right combination of expertise, efficiency, transparency, and buy-in. It’s raising the money, early and ongoing, to support and sustain these efforts over the needed time before the vote; and persuading people, as we began doing in the Let California Ring public education effort, to think anew about how the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage hurts families and helps no one.

Equality California’s plan to win is not a call to “wait.” It is a call to action, and the work is at hand now. I hope that everyone committed to undoing Prop 8 and restoring the freedom to marry in California as soon as possible will seize this opportunity to sign up, join in, donate, contact friends and families, and be part of the early and sustained affirmative work to win every day between now and the vote in 2012.

And while we’re on the subject of early action and sustained work, I hope everyone goes to and joins me in making (another) contribution to NO ON 1 / PROTECT MAINE EQUALITY to help avoid another Prop 8-style undoing of the freedom to marry we have won there. Let’s win in Maine in November 2009, and take that momentum into the conversations to move more people and states to our side, including California in 2012.

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

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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Maine marriage supporters call on anti-gay organizers to conduct a civil campaign

WGME - Maine
August 6, 2009
The NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign faxed a request to Frank Schubert, who's firm led the successful Proposition 8 proposal to overturn same-sex marriage in California and has been hired to do the same in Maine. Jesse Connolly, campaign manager for NO on 1, wrote that Maine voters "expect us to take the high road, avoid poisonous attacks, and make our case based on fact and principle." [Link]

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