Good As You: Maine Roundup

11/09/2012

Christian Civic League of Maine threatens another ballot fight

From the team whose embrace of discrimination was just rejected by Maine voters: We are exploring the possibility of returning to the ballot again to overturn this egregious new definition of marriage. That may mean another campaign, including a signature...

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11/05/2012

Protect Marriage Maine co-head: Church/state separation not biblical; wants God's marriage recognized

You gotta hand it to the campaign trying to stop civil marriage equality in Maine. Perhaps more than any other this cycle, they really have made no attempt to hide their nakedly faith-driven rationale for standing in the way of...

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11/04/2012

Video: Catholic/Baptist sisters who think their personally held faith trumps shared public policy

Catholic and Baptist sisters Carol Daigle, Valerie Litalien, and Cindy Terrill have been all over the Maine media in the last couple of weeks, telling tales of woe regarding marriage equality's supposedly pending wreckage. Here's the latest bout of faith...

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10/22/2012

Protect Marriage Maine turns to 'victim' who says gays are 'throwing away a gift that’s been given to you by God'

His motivations are wholly religious: His view on LGBT people culminates with "Courage," a Catholic organization that tells gay people to be celibate: He has said that marriage equality will lead to a "cultural sinkhole of which there really is...

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10/08/2012

Video: Vote for discrimination in Maine or we'll all revert to 1994-style computers

Finally, one of the state marriage campaigns has found some stock video footage that truly scares me. Check out this still from a new Protect Marriage Maine ad: AHHHH!!!! That monitor! That plastic! I'd be surprised if that massive thing...

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10/07/2012

ME: Don Mendell back to play the faux victim; same Don Mendell who says we 'use children’s trusting nature to turn them against the natural law'

Earlier this year, he called the pro-equality team a "bizarre movement that seeks to vilify anyone who disagrees with the notion that all urges and behaviors are equal." In January he wrote off LGBT-inclusive sex education as "brainwashing," claiming that...

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10/03/2012

Audio: Other side's four-state conference call

I just got off a conference call, which I will now share with you. What to expect: A whole lot of talk about "protecting God's design," even though all four campaigns are fighting *CIVIL* equality. At one point Carroll Conley...

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10/01/2012

Protect Marriage Maine touts David 'the time has come for me to accept gay marriage' Blankenhorn

This comes from Protect Marriage Maine's FAQ: [FAQ] Ya know, this David Blankenhorn: IN my 2007 book, “The Future of Marriage,” and in my 2010 court testimony concerning Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that defined marriage as between a...

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09/28/2012

Maine's Catholic bishops politicize their bulletins. Again.

Ah, autumn in Maine. Leaves begin to fall. Pumpkin beer replaces those glasses of summer rosé. A charming chill falls over the harbor, exponentially increasing one's yearning for warm cider, hot fires, and equally soothing conversation. Heaven, New England style....

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09/25/2012

Audio: Another example of Protect Marriage Maine's sweepingly anti-LGBT agenda

Carroll Conley is one of the main voices leading the effort to stop civil marriage equality in Maine. But does this agenda really stop at just "protecting marriage"? Well here, consider this, a one minute attempt to convince America that...

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Protect Marriage Maine co-head pushes 'ex-gay' propaganda (again)

Protect Marriage Maine's Bob Emrich has a history of telling gay people they can and should "change." In fact, he was so aggressively pushing back during the 2009 campaign that I made a video about it: Well check this out....

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09/20/2012

Audio: Fear, lies, and projection masked as 'protection'—a lame ME campaign call

Tonight's Protect Marriage Maine (so-called) campaign call, in full. Best part is when Brian Brown is a no-show:

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Video: Bob Emrich admits he thinks homosexuality is wrong (and we're fine with that)

In the following clip, Bob Emrich comes right out and admits that his campaign against marriage equality (which he is waging in tandem with NOM and others) is built around his personal resistance to homosexuality itself: Totally fine that Bob...

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09/12/2012

Bob Emrich knocks our interests; okay, so let's look at his

This from Protect Marriage Maine (so-called) head Bob Emrich: The Rev. Bob Emrich, chairman of Protect Marriage Maine, which opposes same-sex marriage, said ‘‘radical activists’’ are putting their own interest ahead of children. ‘‘The data confirms what we know to...

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09/10/2012

Emrich to Maine: Protect the sanctity of late '90s missteps

In two different marriage fights in Maine, I've watched those on the so-called "Protect Marriage" side tout the following language as if its is some longheld, God-ordained verbiage to which the state is forever bound. This latest reference comes from...

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08/28/2012

Protect Marriage Maine top dog versus gay couples' 'sexual brokeneness'

Jeremiah Mutty thinks marriage equality would facilitate the "sexual brokenness" of married men like me: He also loves to link my loving, monogamous union to a behavior like adultery: And of course homosexuality is, in his view, a "sin" on...

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08/27/2012

Protect Marriage Maine vs. fair discourse; anti-equality group deletes my comment, bans me from site

This morning, right after opining on the subject, I went over to Protect Marriage Maine's Facebook page and fairly responded to another commenter's questions: But how does that same Facebook thread now look? Well, like this: Comment thread: Protect Marriage...

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08/06/2012

And now in news about $$ we could direct to actual threats if social cons. would stop playing games w/ certain humans' lives…

The Human Rights Campaign is chipping in $250k to each of the four states (Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Washington) where we face ballot fights this fall: $1 million for gay marriage efforts [Politico] This figure will likely climb higher before November,...

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08/03/2012

Bob Emrich uses wrong 'GLAAD'; I'm glad, since it gives us opp. to remind Mainers of his true views

In a new letter to the Sun Journal in which he works the same "protect marriage" canards we've heard a gagillion times over, Protect Marriage Maine's Bob Emrich makes a factual error while trying to chastise our side's supposedly errant...

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07/20/2012

#GLAADCAP goes local; launches with Maine

New York, NY, July 20, 2012 - GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti- defamation organization, today announced the addition of several anti-gay activists to the Commentator Accountability Project (CAP), focused on states that...

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07/13/2012

Holding Bob Emrich Accountable

To beat the drum against marriage equality, Maine's Bob Emrich—one of the co-heads of the 2009 campaign to overturn marriage equality in the state and the chair of the effort to stop it there this year—placed an Op-Ed in the...

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06/29/2012

Head of PAC trying to stop marriage in Maine: Refer to 'sodomy-based marriage' as 'monstrous insaneness'

Nobody has been fighting against LGBT rights in Maine longer than Mike Heath, former Christian Civic League of Maine leader and current head of one of the two primary PACs hoping to stop the freedom to marry at the polls...

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06/25/2012

Video: Protect Marriage Maine's Conley fighting exclusively for 'Christ and his bride' marriage

Carroll Conley is one of the top three or four people who will be steering the "Protect Marriage Maine" ship at the polls this fall. Now listen in as he tells you his plan to stop *CIVIL* marriage equality by...

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06/22/2012

Maine's NOM-attached 'protect marriage' guy pushes FRC's man-on-horse pamphlet

The Family Research Council's pamphlet titled "The Slippery Slope of Same-Sex ‘Marriage" begins by directly comparing same-sex marriage to human-on-horse marriage, complete with an equine illustration to drive home the insanely offensive point: [FRC] When it comes to whether or...

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06/20/2012

Maine 'values' guy ready to 'bury' us; will be left holding clean shovel

This from Mike Heath, the man leading one of the two (or three) PACS fighting marriage equality at the Maine polls this November: Really—our marriages are "polluted tributaries"? That's weird of you to say, Mr. Heath, since most polls actually...

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06/15/2012

'Marriage protectors' to Mainers: Don't give dad a tie—choke equal rights instead!

Even with all the misdirected fundraisers I've seen from the other side over the years, I'm finding this weekend's Father's Day efforts (happening in Washington and especially Maine) particularly distasteful: Instead of buying a tie your dad might not ever...

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06/14/2012

Holding 'Protect Marriage Maine' accountable #glaadcap

Their new flyer: Mine: Perkins quote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hfNVgJ4rwMo Harris quote: http://www.goodasyou.org/good_as_you/2012/05/pastor-doesnt-want-nc-seeing-gays-as-fine-and-dandy-recruits-51k-for-amendment1-for-that-very-purpose.html Jackson quote: http://www.glaad.org/cap/harry-jackson One instance of Conley's "unnatural marriage" talk: http://www.cclmaine.org/faith-matters-in-maine-podcast-–-january-19-2012/ All we're asking, folks, is that you put the things you say to rally your base into the ads...

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06/09/2012

Maine's longest-engaged marriage warrior and current PAC head: Gays create 'inky blackness of evil'

When reading what you are about to read, you should know that Mike Heath posted it along with a picture of him speaking at the Maine state house back in 2005. That's important to know, because it's imperative to understand...

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06/06/2012

Anti-gay Mainers' new 'protect marriage' tactic = Pro-equality Mainers' PR godsend

This was the scene at the recent Maine Democratic Party Convention in Augusta, where one of the PACs fighting against us in November showed up on site for the express purpose of framing gay people as perverts: While the rest...

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06/01/2012

Maine campaigners turn to 'protect marriage' movement's favored tool: church bulletins

Going in to Maine church bulletins this weekend and next: Plus: Their bold heading uses the pluralized form of fathers, which would seem to indicate awareness of the fact that some American families have more than one. That's nice of...

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05/29/2012

Out of the church and into the street war: Mike Heath calls on Mainers to battle their 'evil' 'enemy' (i.e. gays)

Mike Heath, the fifteen year leader of the Christian Civic League of Maine and current head of a PAC trying to stop marriage equality in the Pine State, has come right out and said it: he wants local congregants to...

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05/16/2012

Maine's marriage warriors complete Horror House's construction

I teased it yesterday. Now today, Maine's "marriage protectors" have launched their gaymarriagehouseofhorrors.com site with this thoroughly reductive take on red state "virility" versus blue state pageantry: Um, yeah, I actually have a question. I want to know: Why are...

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04/30/2012

Maine's Mike Heath continues to sabotage his side; yay!!

And now more from Mike Heath, the man who is leading the charge to stop same-sex marriage in Maine. This time, Heath declares war: Their movement is built on lies. Ours is built on -- or should be built on...

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04/23/2012

Right on cue, Bob Emrich proves how far his (NOM-aligned) agenda truly goes

Bob Emrich wants you to watch a video: [Emrich's public Facebook wall] Not just any video, either. Bob's backed video is a forty-eight minute clip that's all about opposing the gay "lifestyle," not just opposing marriage equality. The pastor, Mark...

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03/28/2012

Must read: This is the man working to stop equality in Maine

I've told you many times about Mike Heath and his pointed exclusion from the 2009 campaign that managed to to repeal marriage in Maine. So let's start with that: MIKE HEATH: When I resigned from the League in 2009 Maine...

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02/01/2012

Maine: The most suspect of NOM's pro-smokescreen pushes

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices will have to take additional steps before disclosure becomes mandatory. Plus NOM has vowed to continue to appeal this thing all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. But still, it's...

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01/30/2012

Today in misappropriated civility: CWA of Maine says marriage equality push is 'heinous act'

Those Concerned Women of America are sure to note the civility, dignity, and righteousness they'd like to bring to the Pine Tree State. Oh, but only after they first denigrate the state's same-sex couples by positioning their push for equal...

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01/06/2012

Audio: And now a word from those whose chosen faith makes them more American than others

We can remind our opposition as many times as we want that this fight -- our fight, the one we are engaging in the public square -- has everything to do with the always-required civil marriage license and nothing to...

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11/17/2011

Video: 'We weren't always so gay-friendly'

"Radical", "militant" Mainers push their "extreme" agenda: [Why Marriage Matters Maine]

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11/07/2011

'Question One': Any answers?

Leslie Nicoll was a great friend to the fight to preserve equality in Maine, and has been a great friend to this site specifically. Both that fight and this site go in indefinitely. As we continue our quest to regain...

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08/17/2011

Pens at ready, Mainers: Push to regain removed rights begins today

Just in from Maine: Secretary of State Approves Marriage Statute, Clearing Way for Signature Gathering Today, same-sex marriage advocates in Maine announced that a citizen initiative campaign for a law allowing same-sex couples to marry cleared its first major hurdle...

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06/30/2011

#MarryME Redux

It's back to the ballot in Maine. This per the Bangor Daily News: With momentum growing from last week’s victory in New York, supporters of marriage equality think that the time has come for another try in Maine. Today, EqualityMaine...

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04/25/2011

Marc Mutty all like, 'No -- by 'dangerous' and 'hyperbole' and 'not completely accurate' I meant 'AWESOME!''

Remember those clips from the forthcoming Question 1 documentary wherein Marc Mutty, the director of Maine's "Yes on One" campaign, pretty much admitted that his side's ads were disingenuous, at best? Yea, well: Mutty has now broken his silence. But...

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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!''

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...

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02/28/2011

Video: When Maine's self-appointed 'marriage protectors' gained nothing, hurt many

As we gear up for a potential ballot fight in Maryland, we have no choice but to learn from what's already happened. As gut-wrenching as it may be: Question One from Fly On The Wall Productions on Vimeo. Question One:...

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09/29/2010

NOM's latest mailer: Typo in first line, goes downhill from there

NOM and direct mail: They sure "knows" how to exploit kids/fear/foliage: *SOURCE: NOM uses kids to attack pro-marriage Maine candidates [Equality Maine] Marriage in fear quotes? The idea that NOM is part of Maine's "special way of life," even while...

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09/15/2010

For a Catholic, Mr. McClusky sure has trouble making factual confessions

On yesterday's press call for the newly-launched Catholics for Equality group, board member Anne Underwood, Esq., gave the following heartfelt testimony about the facts that she witnessed on the ground in Maine: "My husband and I live in Maine, where...

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09/07/2010

Mike Heath looks to his 2nd Act, Amendment

In a blog post and related email blast, longtime (but now former) Christian Civic League of Maine/Maine Family Policy Council director Mike Heath is sending out a truly bizarre piece of mixed messaging. On one hand, he feels a need...

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07/19/2010

Wait, did last fall's Stand For Marriage Maine ads say 'teacher' or 'preacher'?!

We had heard that Charla Bansley's speech at last week's Augusta, ME, marriage rally was an all-out call to arms against "the enemy" of God. Still, since civil marriage equality is the sole focus of the marriage equality fight, we...

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07/16/2010

A few came, a few saw -- but it's NOM's influence that's being conquered

Now even the anti-LGBT conservatives at the Christian Civic League of Maine are admitting that the turnout at NOM's Augusta marriage rally was light, at best. Plus they also give us more insight into yet another silly protest sign: Only...

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