NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality: Will your neighbors believe them?

NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality reports on first anti-gay TV ad launched by the opposition in which numerous distortions of the truth and fear-mongering tactics are utilized:
It's happened...
Today, our opponents launched their first TV ad -- and not surprisingly, it's full of the same sort of distortion and fear-mongering that was so successful in passing California 's Prop 8. They've already bought $700,000 in airtime-- that means every voter in the state will see their ad at least 20 times. We know we can win this campaign to protect marriage equality in Maine . But our latest poll confirms that to win, we need to match our opponents dollar-for-dollar, ad-for-ad. We're almost there, but we need your help to keep our message of fairness and equality on the air through the end of September.
Right now, we're just $21,740 short of our goal for next week's TV ad buy, but we need the money in hand by Thursday. Can you chip in to help us combat these misleading ads?
In Maine, we believe in fairness, equality and personal freedom. Neighbors support neighbors, and we all come together to make our state great. Marriage equality reflects that, and ensures that everyone is treated equally under the law.
Our opponents know that to defeat us, they need to flood the airwaves with fear-mongering, lies and distortion. They need to mislead the good people of Maine and change the subject by inventing so-called consequences of marriage equality.
We can't let them get away with it. We must fight back and tell the truth. Can you chip in today to help us stay on the air?
Thanks for your support -- together, we can defeat this measure and protect marriage equality.
Jesse ConnollyCampaign ManagerNO on 1/Protect Maine Equality
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Video: Edie and Thea

In The Life - It's About Time
September 2009
After a 42-year courtship, Edie and Thea are finally getting married. This clip discusses the making of the tender documentary that memorializes a life-long romance set against a backdrop of cultural change and the desire for marriage equality. [Link]

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Australia’s First Marriage Equality TV Ad Campaign Set to Begin Friday

Australian Marriage Equality
September 10, 2009
Australia's first television advertising campaign calling for the freedom to marry commences tomorrow, Friday September 11. The campaign is designed to reach out to mainstream Australia with a message from the families of gay and lesbian Australians highlighting the unfairness of legal inequality. [Link] (video at bottom of page)

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Irish marriage equality ad a surprise hit on YouTube, Twitter

Irish Central
September 3, 2009
A new Irish video is sweeping the internet with its call for marriage equality. Sinead's Hand, which was made by the Irish freedom to marry lobbying group, MarriageEquality, is rocketing 'round Twitter as the must-see promo for marriage equality. [Link]

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Video: Jindal Spokeswoman Criticizes the Interfaith Alliance for Supporting Marriage Equality

MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show
September 3, 2009
Rachel Maddow talks with the Interfaith Alliance's Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's spokeswoman attacking the organization for its support of the freedom to marry. [Link]

(from 3:35 - 6:28)

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Video: Mixed Messages from Obama Administration on DOMA

CNN - Lou Dobbs Tonight
August 20, 2009
Maggie Gallagher, of the National Organization for Marriage, and Professor Tobias Wolff, of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, debate the position of the Obama administration on the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. [Link]

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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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Freedom To Marry - Video Blog: The Price of Discrimination: In Healthcare

By Pippa Bianco and Grant Gilles
Summer Interns, Freedom to Marry
August 20, 2009

This morning we released our latest video discussing the price of marriage discrimination for gay families in the context of healthcare programs.
This video details marriage discrimination in health insurance coverage, Medicaid, and Social Security and quantifies this discrimination's very real and tangible cost. As always, we hope you enjoy!

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US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Speaks Out for LGBT Rights and Marriage Equality

The Daily Beast
July 29, 2009
In an interview with Jason Bellini, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks about her personal friendships with gay people and her belief that the freedom to marry is "the civil rights march of our generation:"


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Freedom To Marry Launches Video Blog to Address Marriage Equality FAQs

By Pippa Bianco, Grant Gilles, and Matthew Zuckerman
Summer Interns, Freedom to Marry
July 28, 2009

Today marks the debut of Freedom to Marry’s summer-long foray into the world of video blogging. Led by interns Pippa Bianco, Grant Gilles, and Matt Zuckerman, Freedom to Marry will use this new blog format to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about marriage equality.

The accompanying two videos were written and filmed in Freedom to Marry’s New York headquarters over a period of two weeks. The first video offers a general introduction to the Freedom to Marry Video Blog and a brief content overview:

The second video explains why Freedom to Marry prefers the term “marriage equality” or the “freedom to marry” over “gay marriage” or “same-sex marriage”:

These videos can be a great way to start a conversation about why marriage equality matters to you. Forward them to friends, post them on your blog or social networking profiles, and start a conversation today! Every conversation brings us closer to achieving the freedom to marry nationwide.

While our next three videos are already in production, we are calling upon you, our readers, to tell us where to go next. To have a question answered on the Freedom to Marry Video Blog, please send an email to:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Pippa, Grant, and Matt

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