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09/15/2009

Video: Yes, we *do* have a special interest in preserving fairness

by Jeremy Hooper

Stand For Marriage Maine hasn't even gotten their first "yes on 1" ad online yet (as of 9AM, all of the online copies are from our side). Yet despite their failure to get ahead of their own messaging, we've already managed to put together a quick response to the same. Guess we just want this more than they do:

Response to Maine's first anti-equality ad [YT]

**UPDATE: The No on 1 campaign has put together an official response:

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 Connolly
Campaign Manager
NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality

Donate and watch the ad.
**UPDATE 2: We've made another response vid

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well done Jeremy!

Posted by: John Ozed | Sep 15, 2009 10:15:56 AM

With the current health care discussion in congress, I think that Obama should throw some weight around in Maine. Olympia Snowe is smugly suggesting that the public option is dead, I wonder how she would react if the POTUS would interject himself into a discussion about a Maine ballot initiative, right under her nose.

Not only might it give the No on 1 campaign a boost, but it also might be a rather benign warning salvo across the bow of every obstructionist, signaling that this president is not averse to a fight, even if it is with a moderate. And that having him as an ally for the mid-terms may prove to be advantageous. With regard to Maine, Obama handily won in Maine with 58% of the vote.

Unlike California 2008, Obama isn't on the ballot, and he does get saddled with being a pro-gay lefty anyway (plus he gets 6.5 million of our votes for wearing that saddle, and maybe a positive stance in Maine would smooth over some of our ruffled feathers), so there wouldn't really be any downside for him.

And, if his health care reform fails (or passes with out a public option), then his prospects in 2012 may not be very hopeful. It may be time for a little bit of "friendly" saber rattling. Snowe is pretty gay-friendly herself, and this wouldn't really be an attack, but more of a friendly (even if not very subtle) nudge.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Sep 15, 2009 10:34:00 AM

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