Video: No on 1/Protect Maine Equality Launches New “Proud” TV Ad

No on 1/Protect Maine Equality
September 25, 2009
Jesse Connolly, Campaign Manager, NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality: Our latest TV Ad tells Maine voters the truth about Question 1. Our opposition's consultants are dredging up lies and distortions to mislead voters. It's simple -- marriage equality is about the key principle of treating all Maine families equally and fairly. [Link]

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Approval of Washington State Referendum 71 Expanding Domestic Partnership Rights Attracts Broad Comm

The Seattle Times
September 24, 2009
Approval of Referendum 71 has been endorsed by the region's largest employers, civic groups, a spectrum of religious organizations, business and professional associations, labor unions and good-government groups. All are drawn to the equal treatment for families at the heart of R-71, which will be on the November ballot. [Link]

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Ad says marriage equality will be taught in schools; Maine officials disagree

Sun Journal (ME)
September 23, 2009
The Maine Department of Education is speaking out publicly on claims being made by the anti-gay Stand for Marriage Maine in its TV ads: "Seeing as there is nothing in Maine education law or rule that even mentions marriage, I think it's quite unlikely that changing the rules about marriage would encourage anyone to change what they are teaching in the classroom." [Link]

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Seattle Mayoral Candidate Joe Mallahan Urges Support for R-71 Expanded Domestic Partnership Measure

Seattle Post Globe
September 24, 2009
Seattle mayoral candidate and T-Mobile executive, Joe Mallahan—who took some heat during the primaries over T-Mobile’s low ranking by a gay rights organization - emailed supporters Thursday morning urging Seattle voters to approve Referendum 71, which would expand domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples. [Link]

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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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Court Schedules Hearing for Washington State R-71 Disclosure Case

The Associated Press
September 22, 2009
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a request for a fast-track appeal on whether signed petitions used to place Washington State's anti-domestic partnership rights Referendum 71 on the ballot should be made public. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14 in Pasadena, Calif. [Link]

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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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