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08/20/2009

Video: Maine Values

by Jeremy Hooper

The organized campaign's first TV spot:

An easily understandable message. Local flavor. Actual gay people. We like it!


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Your thoughts

Very nice ad. We needed more ads with gay folks in the CA No on Prop 8 campaign, especially gay headed families. Opponents say they are "protecting the children" but don't the children of gay and lesbian couples deserve all the same rights and protections by having married parents that the children of my wife and I have?

Posted by: Bill Ware | Aug 20, 2009 10:06:12 AM

I agree that this is a lovely ad. Real people, real families. It's a lot harder to demonize people when you show their normalcy.

Posted by: therealistmom | Aug 20, 2009 10:36:51 AM

Real people! Incredible. Very nicely done.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 20, 2009 11:40:13 AM

This Ad is a home run on so many levels. Absolutely.

Posted by: Jon | Aug 20, 2009 1:06:32 PM

Too bad the Prop 8 campaign didn't put out ads this good!

Posted by: Jessica | Aug 20, 2009 3:20:53 PM

Beautiful!

Posted by: Bill S | Aug 20, 2009 4:36:33 PM

I'm from Cali, can I donate to this out of state? Because this was BRILLIANT. We got our ad out first and hit them hard and fast with a suckerpunch of truth, love, and equality. Theoretically now those phobes will have to retaliate instead of push their own ads. I look forward to seeing how this turns out

Posted by: Jake | Aug 20, 2009 9:04:20 PM

A lot of us were pretty vocal about the decision in California NOT to include LGBTs in ads against Prop H8. After the fact, those in the know said that the reason was because when we were included in the ads, that our focus group response turned decidedly unfavorable. And, I can understand that up to a point. I think that decision was flawed, though, because it tied our hands when the "teachable moment" ads started eroding away our support.

It will be very interesting to see what happens in Maine with these ads that do include LGBTs. Maybe the entire political landscape has changed in the wake of Prop H8?? Maybe the CA focus groups got it wrong when they suggested that voters don't like us if we appear in our own ads?? Maybe Maine and CA are two distinctly different animals?? Maybe Maine has it wrong, and they will lose by a margin larger than 4%??

We know the playbook that the lying liars use. We know that the truth is their enemy. And, hopefully, the decision NOT to exclude LGBTs from their ads will at least allow the Maine coalition to be quickly ready to aggressively, effectively, and decisively refute the lies as soon as the lying liars make them.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 20, 2009 10:10:55 PM

Not too bad, not too bad at all. I'll have to throw a couple bucks their way...

Posted by: Brian | Aug 21, 2009 8:14:05 AM

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