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04/19/2011

Video: Maine's head rights-depriver: 'I think we use hyperbole to a point where, you know, it's like 'Gee-eez!''

by Jeremy Hooper

In February, we showed you a clip from "Question One: The Movie," a documentary covering Maine's 2009 marriage equality/inequality fight. A clip that seriously opened a wound or two for those of us who lived that battle.

But if that full trailer opened an emotional scab, then this newly released clip of one of the anti- campaign's co-heads, Marc Mutty (who is also Director of Public Affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, ME), should open within us something else entirely. Namely: A can of pure an unadulterated rage. Watch:


(H/t: Towle)

Unreal. Back in the summer and fall of '09, we watched as this man, working alongside "ex-gay" advocate Bob Emrich, placed on the public record some of the most insulting ads, news bites, press releases, and talking points. Comments like this:

"It is about whether marriage will continue to be between one man and one woman as God intended and human history has affirmed, or if we will plunge our state into a radical social experiment of 'any two will do.'"
Special message from Marc Mutty, chairman of Stand for Marriage Maine [SFMM]

All in the name of denying us of our legislatively-backed civil rights. And now Marc's all but admitting that the claims were crap balls?! And he has the nerve to justify his admitted hyperbole by saying "it's the only way, that's the way campaigns work," even though his pro-equality opposition decidedly ran a clean, positive campaign that did none of those nasty things?! Simply unbelievable!

In the trailer (and, presumably. the doc itself), Mutty says he fears this is how he will be remembered. Well yes, Marc. Yes, you most definitely will. Just like thousands of gay Mainers will be remembered as unmarried for longer than they ever should've been. Unmarried because of Marc Mutty's choice to find more peace in disingenuous dirtiness than in benign acceptance.

As we said: This should invoke rage.

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