Good As You: Maine Roundup

07/15/2010

Video: Come for the light houses, stay for unneccesarily rocked boat

An official NOM production: "The way life should be": Lived by a faith-based, heteorsexist rule book that rolls back the civil rights of anyone who doesn't fit neatly into it. We just wish they would have zoomed in on the...

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07/14/2010

Book crude event, get a cruel sign

This is the first report we've heard from today's Augusta, ME, National Organization for Marriage rally: About 100 people attended the rally, and a few held signs. One sign said "Is it loving to bring children into a destructive lifestyle?"...

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07/13/2010

Charla, Bans, ME: 'The teacher' on summer rights-vacation

During last year's National Organization for Marriage-fueled "Yes on 1" campaign, the anti-gay side was all about putting Charla Bansley on television, identified as nothing more than a local teacher, for the purposes of drumming fear of what marriage equality...

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06/29/2010

Refine your arguments: Maine 'values' group can't cap their diarrhea mouths

This writer doesn't even eat animals, much less kill them with my toxic ooze. But according to the Maine Family Policy Council, my loving, legal marriage is something that's fit to be likened to the oil that's quickly robbing the...

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06/08/2010

NOM's Maine donors: Court pulls cards even further from Brian Brown's chest

Another loss for NOM. Yet another court has ruled that they must let the state of Maine know the particular wells from whence their considerable "Yes on 1" cash came: A federal appeals court in Boston has ordered the National...

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06/02/2010

Video: Can 'Philip Spooner: The Opera' be far behind?

Remember Philip Spooner, the Maine veteran whose testimony in favor of marriage equality became a sort of rally cry during last fall's Question One fight? Yea? Well good, because now, a composer by the name of Melissa Dunphy has put...

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05/25/2010

NOMinal recompense: Largest 'Yes on 1' donor closer to opening books

Where'd NOM get all that cash to roll back our civil equality in Maine? We may get some answers soon enough: U.S. Magistrate Judge John Rich III said in a document dated Sunday that the National Organization for Marriage, which...

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04/28/2010

Show me your fits: Heath who wishes to best us, now breasts us

This Friday in Farmington, ME, there will be a "Topless March for Gender Equity," which, according to organizers, is meant to (a) highlight the fact that it's not illegal to go topless in the state of Maine, and (b) to...

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04/26/2010

Today in Maine: A future November's anti-equality field workers will be recruited

-In multiple videos on his public YouTube page, Pastor Bob Emrich supports "ex-gay" therapy. So of course Maine's anti-marriage 'yes on 1" campaign selected him to co-head the campaign. -Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, when he's not busy telling...

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04/19/2010

Focus on the Family's ME outpost: Gay tolerance will destroy America, just like it did the World Trade Center

This from the Maine Family Policy Council (an official Focus on the Family affiliate for the past 19 years): The cry of our day is, There's nothing wrong with being gay. What they do is their business. I don’t see...

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04/14/2010

ME: Heath to give it gubernatorial goal; Me: 'Are you frickin' serious?!? '

He was seen as too extreme for Maine's "Yes on 1" campaign, with that anti-gay referendum's organizers taking great strides to keep him out of the picture. But now Mike Heath will be the one calling the shots, as the...

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04/12/2010

Uhm, Mr. Mendell, I came for college advice, not to hear about my lesbian mother's eternal future

You might remember Donald Mendell, the guidance counselor from Maine's Nokomis Regional High School who chose to inject himself into his state's gay rights debate. In a 12/01/08 letter to the Bangor Daily News, he referred to marriage equality as...

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03/28/2010

Mike Heath: Too contentious for Question One, perfect for 'One News Now'

Mike Heath is one of the most incendiary figures to ever grace the "culture war" landscape. The former Christian Civic League of Maine/ Maine Family Policy Council head is in the Brian Camenker/Peter LaBarbera wing of the "pro-family" movement, but...

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03/26/2010

So you see, Maine gays, you lost last November because you are 'moral trash'

And speaking of ridiculous "slippery slope" arguments: This charming piece comes from the Christian Civic League of Maine/Maine Family Policy Council. Penned by a reverend, no less: The logical pathway of this insanity naturally leads to the legal marriage between...

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03/24/2010

Take that, you uppity homeless folk!

You might remember that Portland, Maine's Bishop Richard Malone was one of the biggest opponents of marriage equality during Maine's Question One fight. He met with Maggie Gallagher and company early in the game, and strategized, financed, rallied, and advocated...

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12/21/2009

Stand For Marriage Maine: The gift that keeps on giving (us agita)

Two weeks ago, Bob Emrich was in the news for promoting a Ugandan article that itself supported the country's proposed "kill/imprison gays bill." This week, he's back with his old partner in Maine bias, Marc Mutty, fundraising for the cause...

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11/23/2009

Gays, Gap, and 'Whateveryouwannakah': All euphemisms for evil, say anti-gay Mainers

By now you've surely seen this Gap ad: You might find it catchy or you might find it wretched. But either way, did you know that the ad is actually filled with withcraft and evil? The same kind of evil...

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11/13/2009

Marry ME: The 'One' that got away

Impressive. Beautiful. Heartbreaking: New Left Media

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'Question 1 opponents': The far-right's newest faux monolith

Maine Marriage Equality is a website started up by college student Adam "Sunny" Flanders. During the Question One campaign, the site provided a steady stream of information about the fight to preserve marriage equality. Now that the anti-gay side has...

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11/09/2009

Maine. September, 1917

The Pine Tree state legislature had enacted a bill granting women the right to vote, throwing their strong support behind the measure. But first, the matter had to be ratified at the polls, putting a minority's right was put to...

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Video: There'll come a November when we can stay inside. This one ain't it

Gay Marriage Supporters Protest Church [Fox 23] Last year I spent most of the holiday season sick, I believe from the constant marching and chanting in the face of both cold weather and cold bias. But hey, as long as...

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Accurate assessments of LGBTs worth? Not so much. But as for Linda's ability to assess fallacious campaigns? Well...

One of the things that infuriated us the most about the Stand For Marriage Maine coalition that recently duped Mainers into adopting bias is that behind the typical surface that Shubert-Flint advises these kinds of anti-equality campaigns to adopt in...

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11/06/2009

Lessons from a solid campaign

We did so much right in Maine that it's hard to fault specifics about the campaign. But after committing so much time to this particular fight, I do come away with a few personal takeaways. Consider: The schools issue: It...

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11/05/2009

Audio: Weird, why didn't they call us 'the enemy' in their official ads?

During the campaign, she was simply a "teacher": Now Charla's back in her real, always-was role: Campaign worker who fallaciously hid her affiliations (and the fact that she teaches as a small, private, Christian school), likely because the "yes" campaign...

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Video: Gee, with logic this sound, it's no wonder we lost

Thanks so much, Maine majority!

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Take that, Maine soup kitchens!

$115,266: That's the grand total of Focus on the Family's donations to Maine to combat equality: Focus donates $115,266 to Maine gay marriage fight [AP via Boston Globe] Just one of the many hundreds of thousands of dollars that the...

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Maine: You were duped

Maine's longtime anti-gay leader, Mike Heath, is revealing some very interesting points in his latest blog post. For one, he confirms exactly what we told you for many months, which is that even though his ties with them run deep,...

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11/04/2009

I think what infuriates me the most...

...is that our opposition will never realize, admit, or take responsibility for the gut-wrenching sense of de-humanity that they inflict upon us. Had Maine's "yes on 1" side lost last night, each and every one of the folks invested in...

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Charla takes off 'everyday citizen' mask, puts on press-released spokesperson hat

We of course knew that Charla Bansley is much more than a mere school teacher. And now that the anti-gay forces no longer need to scare voters with the TV spot into which they disingenuously cast her, they too can...

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Remember when Bishops found 'good sermon' to be enough of a thank you?

There is something wrong with America when a faith-based organization who bankrolled a campaign to rollback legislatively enacted CIVIL rights includes a line like this in their post-election political press release: Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Portland provided...

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Nobody on our side wants millions of people to deexist!

A majority of Mainers voted to embolden this: "stop the homosexualist political movement" "Surely we don't want to build a society where our children and grandchildren are encouraged to invent new perversions to avoid boredom" "The path to sanity is...

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Video: Recipe for a "traditional marriage" victory:

Start with the idea that civil rights should be put to majority vote Add copious amounts of NOM money. Stir in every last ounce of personal faith you can find (regardless of if you're working in a civil kitchen) Sprinkle...

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Some Mainers who voted against your 'whacky oversexed version of progress'

Congratulations, gay Mainers. You have lost your equal citizenship to this: Stand for Marriage Maine [Facebook] "Sign a petition to end this foolishness." That's truly what they think of us, that a pull of a lever or a move of...

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We go to bed more hurt, more unequal, more hated, more harassed, more dehumanized. Sleep well.

They lied. They dehumanized. They used personal faith to address civil law. They sought out any and every opportunity to confuse the issue. They went after anyone who got in their paths, with zero to less-than-zero regard for the well-being...

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11/03/2009

Live from the Portland Holiday Inn, it's Maine's night to make history grave historical error

7:21PM: Cautious optimism in the Maine party room. Bloggers a'bloggin'. Staffers a nail-bitin'. Jeremy on first glass of Merlot. 7:36PM: Rex Wockner has a shot of the bloggers table, as well as his own live coverage. 7:44PM: Bangor Daily News...

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Zero to zero. Tied. Equal. That's the picture in Maine right now, as of 3PM EST. But in a few short hours, that will all change. For those of us on the side of fairness, our right to remain equal...

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Video: Joe trades suit for sweater; hopes Maine trades sick for sweeter

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy **Another MSNBC report, capturing the palpable spirit that is filling the Pine Tree state today:

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Dearly beloved, we gather here to forget discrimination

You know that guy who's been busy posting and re-posting "yes on 1" signs in various configurations, so that the effect comes across more like a graveyard than an effective campaign tool? Yea, well, it's worse than you think. It...

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Let's make it a particularly lame affair, whatdya say?

Spotted at Portland, Maine's Eastland Park Hotel:

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The true iniquity behind a 'yes on 1' vote

Need more reason to volunteer for a Maine Get Out the Vote shift, or to get on the phone from wherever you are and place a few GOTV calls? Well just look at this nugget from our Maine opposition: The...

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11/02/2009

Great, now the park's grass has as many holes as 'yes on one's rhetoric!

This morning, while walking past Portland's Deering Oaks Park, I noticed a familiar sight: That overdecorating, overzealous "yes on 1" supporter who's been creating what look more like cemeteries than effective fields of campaign signage. But I noticed that unlike...

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Video: Twas the night before [another day where gay lives are put to offensive vote]

Help us win: Protect Maine Equality -- NO ON ONE! P.S. A bird pooped on me while I was recording this footage. No, I'm not joking. Thankfully the lovely Jenna Lowenstein was there to lend a hand while I dug...

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Audio: Joe on Mike on Maine

Michelangelo Signorile had AmericaBlog's Joe Sudbay on his Sirius/XM show this afternoon, to talk about Maine, the razor thin polls that divide the tantalizing possiiblity of right from the nauseating prospect of wrong, and the need for every last Pine...

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No on one, yes on rallies

**UPDATE: And now we bring you video.

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11/01/2009

Maine's Question One: War on gay existences not limited to ring fingers!

Just a reminder, because it can't be said enough: Maine's Pastor Bob Emrich supports "ex-gay" therapy. The same Bob Emrich who was just today cited by Bangor Daily News as the "leader of the Yes on 1 campaign to overturn...

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Don, we now are gays in peril: And we're the one's getting decked in the halls

FACT: Donald Mendell, a guidance counselor at Maine's Nokomis Regional High School, chose to inject himself into the gay rights debate. In a 12/01/08 letter to the Bangor Daily News, he referred to marriage equality as "a change that strikes...

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10/31/2009

We always knew their campaign would culminate in a con(junction)

Last night, Stand For Marriage Maine sent out the following: (highlighting and phone number redaction is ours) No word if the campaign is also nearing other conjunctions such as "but," "or," or "so." Though considering the way their fallacious tactics...

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10/30/2009

Smear v. 'Clear': 'No on 1' closes deal

NO ON 1!

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Video: DPs: They were against them before they were [secretly still against] them

Having followed national LGBT goings-on for the past several years, we were beyond shocked when we heard Stand For Marriage Maine acting as if they are totally cool with domestic partnerships, just as long as the word "marriage" is not...

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Video: 'And I'll put one here, and maybe a few there, and one right here, and another here, and two more here might look nice...'

Forget for a second about the civil rights that they are callously hoping to roll back us on the basis of their personal faith views. Anti-equality Mainers real reason to be nice to gays is so hopefully they can learn...

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