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Bias by us: Reported 90K sign on to bringing pain to Maine

by Jeremy Hooper

This snip comes from the Family Research Council:

Mainers are sending a strong message to their elected officials, who voted in May to redefine marriage. Needing roughly 56,000 petition signatures to place a "People's Veto" of this legislation on the November ballot, the pro-marriage coalition has exceeded all expectations by collecting over 90,000 and counting.

Pastor Bob Emrich, whom we honored with the Watchmen Pastor award a couple of years ago, is helping guide a statewide grassroots coalition to gather the signatures. Emrich and StandforMarriageMaine.com want to submit these signatures to the Secretary of State by July 31, but he had this to say: "I am finding it difficult to get people to stop collecting signatures and send me their petitions so we can get them processed."

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Finding it difficult to get people to stop collecting signatures? Why, because seeking the constitutional rollback of your neighbor's equality is just so much fun? You'll have to explain it to us, Pastor Emrich, because we are fortunate enough to not struggle with that addiction.

We'll have to wait and see if the anti-equality set really has this many signatures, or if they are bluffing in order to motivate their troops. But just in case they are telling the truth, now is the time that we cultivate our own addiction to battling back bias in a way that will make Stonewall look like a Pebblepartition.

**Oh, and don't forget: This same Pastor Emrich supports "ex-gay" therapies. So don't be fooled: It's not just about "protecting traditional marriage."

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I wonder what tactics they're using to get signatures. Kalamazoo just passed an Equal Rights Ordinance, and the AFA immediately started gathering signatures to get it on the ballot, so it can be voted down. My pro-equality friends are collecting signatures on a petition in support of the ordinance and have found that many times the AFA had just been in a neighborhood using confusing language to get residents' signature on the anti-equality petition while making them think they were signing a pro-equality petition. What does it say about your "pro-family" cause if you have to use lies and deception to get people's support?

Posted by: Jonathan | Jul 23, 2009 9:24:23 AM

Maine's a big state. Big in more ways than one. The citizens of Maine should be able to recognize intolerance and bigotry when they see it--and they're seeing it already in these 90,000 signatures. My question is, will the pro gay marriage side have learned something from the questionable performance of the anti-Proposition 8 campaign in California, and use intelligent tactics to combat the prejudice that will soon pour through the air waves from the FRC. Because should the pro gay marriage organizations fail this time around, I think they may find themselves with an uprising in the gay community. After all, David Boies and Ted Olson, the two heterosexual lawyers who filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, have already told several gay legal organizations they don't want their help in court because they were too slow in stepping up to the plate. It's time people in the gay community let the gay powers-that-be in charge of fighting the anti-equality set in Maine that their performance is being closely watched. We're hoping those pro gay marriage organizations and their allies -- all those in charge of a successful statewide initiative campaign -- don't make the same overfunded and mismanaged choices they made in California.

Posted by: Edward | Jul 23, 2009 11:00:37 AM

To Edwards post if I may. Would you sign a People's Veto petition protesting California's Proposition 8 which bans same sex marriage? Signing a People's Veto petition in no way defines bigotry. The term bigot is often misused to label people who merely oppose or disagree. Doesn't the LGBT community oppose and disagree that marriage should be between a man and a woman? Because they oppose and disagree is the LGBT community committing bigotry? No, of course not. The labels and arguments being used by both pro and anti GLBT are just adding to the anger and debate over this issue. Sadly, so many voices on both sides of this issue have taken the position that only thier view is acceptable for all. Once all sides refrain from use of labels to voice opinions, then perhaps rights and justice will prevail on this issue.

Posted by: Bluevirgo | Aug 1, 2009 3:05:54 PM

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