anti-gay NOM predicts end of gay marriage in Maine.

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    Sep 22, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2009/09/22/NOM_Pres__Predicts_End_of_Maine_Gay_Marriage/

    Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said on Friday that she believed gay rights opponents would succeed in their effort to overturn the marriage equality law in Maine.

    “I’m pretty confident that, as in California, we’re going to win,” said Gallagher, according to The Washington Independent. “We’re in much better shape in Maine than we were in California at a similar point. We were ten points down on September 1, 2008 and we won. I saw a poll yesterday that had us up two points in Maine.”

    Last week, a Research 2000/Daily Kos poll showed overall support for the measure to overturn marriage equality, known as Question 1, slightly in the lead, with decisive percentages of respondents not clear how they will vote in November.

    Gallagher also took the opportunity to dig at the first television advertisement in support of marriage equality released by the group, Equality Maine, last month

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    Sep 22, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    As hate-filled as she is for us, I fear she is probably right. She will gloat as is her habit. Religion is such an evil force in the world. It breeds bigotry, hate, and violence.
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    Sep 22, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
    I just donated to Protect Maine Equality. This ballot measure may well have national repercussions, so I would encourage you all to donate, as well.

    http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5841/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=2566
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 22, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    These ignorant, religious extremists just cannot leave well enough alone by letting the people of Maine decide for themselves whether or not they support marriage equality. There has to be a viable way to defeat these right wing extremists at the polls. It is time for pro-gay marriage forces to get very busy or Maine will end up like California.
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    Sep 22, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    “I think that ad is not very effective,” she said. “I think that’s a very soft-focus, nice, pleasant ad, but I don’t think it changed any minds one way or another. If I was them, I wouldn’t be spending money there.”

    -Why do the anti-h8 campaigns always have such weak ineffective ads?

    This is not the time to 'play it safe.'
  • jarhead5536

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    Sep 22, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    Maggie Gallagher, oy. Have any of you been able to stomach listening to her? She's all over the map, and just shaking with righteous indignation. Echoes of Anita Bryant...

    Fuck. That. Bitch.
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    Sep 22, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    scrumrob saidAs hate-filled as she is for us, I fear she is probably right. She will gloat as is her habit. Religion is such an evil force in the world. It breeds bigotry, hate, and violence.


    Not my religion, as I've just become a Jedi Knight.
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    Sep 23, 2009 2:19 AM GMT
    I love our sides newest ad:


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    Sep 23, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    metta8 saidI love our sides newest ad:




    Inspirational.

    Let's hope it's effective.

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    Sep 23, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
    This is why we really need to begin working towards a National Strategy--and not just a state-by-state strategy--to winning equality.

    Cleve Jones, Havey Milk's protege, is calling for a National LGBT March on Washington D.C. on Oct. 11-12.

    I will be attending, and I hope other RJ members will too!

    March Details are here:
    http://socialistworker.org/2009/09/11/nothing-less-than-equality
    http://equalityacrossamerica.org/blog/?page_id=19

    If you plan on attending, shoot me an email!
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    Sep 23, 2009 10:02 AM GMT
    ruck_us saidI just donated to Protect Maine Equality. This ballot measure may well have national repercussions, so I would encourage you all to donate, as well.

    http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5841/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=2566



    My check will be in the mail today.
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    Sep 23, 2009 10:13 AM GMT
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    ruck_us saidI just donated to Protect Maine Equality. This ballot measure may well have national repercussions, so I would encourage you all to donate, as well.

    http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5841/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=2566



    My check will be in the mail today.


    Nice try you guys but I don't think you can outspend the Mormon church... I think the key is going to be streching the whole thing out across as many states as possible.

    Then the ability to concentrate and pour funds into single inicitives will fail and fall apart
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    Sep 23, 2009 11:58 AM GMT
    We should start a thread:

    If you met Maggie Gallagher in person, what would you do?

    I can't publicly express what I'd do, as I'd be arrested under the Patriot Act. icon_evil.gif
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    Sep 23, 2009 12:33 PM GMT
    MsclDrew saidNice try you guys but I don't think you can outspend the Mormon church... I think the key is going to be streching the whole thing out across as many states as possible.

    Then the ability to concentrate and pour funds into single inicitives will fail and fall apart

    You need to add the element of time: as many states as possible SIMULTANEOUSLY. So long as gay rights are fought state-by-state, one at a time, we will be outspent badly.

    The Mormons, Catholics and Fundies, plus the Republicans, will be able to spread their anti-gay donations over time, like the installment plan. They have deeper overall pockets than we do anyway, but I understand that if they had to cover many state elections all at once, even their resources would be strained and become less effective.

    But even then, they will be hard to muzzle. They showed that in 2004, when more states than ever passed anti-gay marriage constitutional amendments. True, it was in conjunction with a Presidential election, when Karl Rove used opposition to gay rights to rally Republican voters. But we have national elections every 2 years, Presidential every 4, meaning that can happen again and again, every time the Right & Republicans want to defeat us.

    I just would have thought the people of Maine would be more sophisticated than this, to allow their native attitudes to be hijacked by outsiders, who will pack up and leave for the next battle as soon as this one is over. They're usually pretty insular in their thinking up there, independent & stubborn. This doesn't fit the pattern. icon_question.gif
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    Sep 23, 2009 1:35 PM GMT
    scrumrob saidAs hate-filled as she is for us, I fear she is probably right. She will gloat as is her habit. Religion is such an evil force in the world. It breeds bigotry, hate, and violence.


    Please don’t let the example of Christian abuses overshadow the fact that the vast majority of Christians are doing very good work.