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Video: There is no 'nice' form of civil rights removal!

by Jeremy Hooper

Prolific videographer Sean Chapin has another nice YouTube contribution, this one focusing on the Maine fight, and the "official" opponents' of marriage equality's desire to disconnect themselves from Maine's most prominent anti-fairness voice, Mike Heath:

*MORE of Sean's vids: 22149SF [YT]

Well, Stand For Marriage Maine may want to disassociate from Mr. Heath and his group, but unfortunately for them, the connections are intrinsic. Heath's Maine Family Policy Council is an official affiliate of Focus on the Family. In February of this year, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins feted Mike and his work at an MFPC gala. And groups like the National Organization for Marriage, who are working in tandem with Stand For Marriage Maine, are all in bed with those larger national orgs.

So the connections are there because their intent is as shared as it is hurtful. It's up to us to connect the dots of bias.

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Have you had a chance to look into the Yes on 1 peoples' use of stock photos from istockphoto? Did anything come of that?

Posted by: Dan | Aug 12, 2009 5:32:34 PM

Not specifically on topic, but those of you who read the Stand for Marriage ME's Facebook page are probably familiar with Julia Ann Greenan Tucker. She is a frequent anti-gay poster known for her screaming use of ALL CAPS and multiple exclamation points!!!!!!! Think Ann Coulter but with more of a crazy cat lady vibe.

Below is Julia Ann's post regarding her opinion of the children of gay parents.

"HA! LIE. I've been to play groups and b-day parties - they are different - and it's sad.
And they know they have two mommies too - the entire scene is weird and disgusting!"

What a hateful cow.

Posted by: WilliamM | Aug 12, 2009 9:47:29 PM

Dan: Funny you should mention that. I've been meaning to update on the frustrations there.

I was assured that the photos were coming down, but now I'm having difficulty getting anyone at istockphoto to care. I'm trying.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 13, 2009 10:47:34 AM

I've said before that the more prominent Heath is during the campaign, the more it hurts the bigot side. But will the Maine pro-gay side be daring enough to use him against them? Or will it just be bland advertising about some nebulous notion of "equality" and "rights," when in fact same-sex marriage has never been declared a "right" by a court in the state of Maine? Go for the jugular, or prepare to lose, and I'm preparing to lose.

Posted by: Bruno | Aug 13, 2009 4:13:35 PM

Bruno: Exactly. Which is why I'm covering his every move.

As for the official campaign: I'm meeting with some folks from the campaign this week, so I hope to get a feel for what they're thinking. It may be up to us in the online community to connect some of these dots. But hopefully we can work in tandem to some degree.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 13, 2009 4:29:21 PM

That's good to hear that you're meeting with them, should be some good insight for us. I've only heard great things about the people involved up there, so I'm hoping that translates to some great work for this campaign.

Posted by: Bruno | Aug 13, 2009 11:50:19 PM

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