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07/23/2012

Emrich: Marriage supporter Dan Demeritt tried to work for inequality, wanted too much $$

by Jeremy Hooper

Maine Republican Dan Demeritt has come out for the freedom to marry:

For Dan Demeritt, Republican consultant and former director of communications for Gov. Paul LePage, it was his relationship with his wife that helped him through good times and bad that convinced him to support the campaign.

“Through it all, every day, I came home to my wife, who I knew would be there for me to listen to my troubles and celebrate the successes. To share in the joy and the pain. And, when things were toughest, to bring me comfort,” Demeritt said. “I support the freedom to marry because I want every person to have a chance at that kind of relationship, to be able to share the joys and obligations, and to help shoulder the troubles of life that we all face.”

Republican group joins campaign for the Freedom to Marry in Maine [Maine Insights]

But now get this: Protect Marriage Maine's Bob Emrich is publicly claiming that Demerrit asked to work for his discriminatory cause, but the the anti-equality forces couldn't afford his work:

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Hmm, very curious. Clearly Emrich is trying to embarrass Demeritt by framing his newfound support as nothing short of opportunistic. But is this really the truth? Did Demeritt really try to work for the campaign that he's now publicly challenging, or is Emrich simply trying to save face in the face of another public GOP defection?

I'm on it.

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*UPDATE: Demeritt wrote and directed my attention to the following post, in which he makes it clear that (a) his marriage stance was on the table long ago, and (b) he never intended to work on the "protect marriage" campaign: Republicans for SSM [As Maine Goes]

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