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Vote With Your Dollars! Stand for Marriage Maine!

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Stand For Marriage Maine needs help! Their coffers have run completely dry and we still have a month to go in the campaign.  Maine is the second state that has had the opportunity to actually vote on their marriage law.  If we lose in Maine, the opposition will be able to say that people voted gay marriage in.

I was on twitter yesterday and saw a link go by with the comment “I’m obsessively compulsively hitting refresh—donations are pouring in for equality!”  I went to the link and they had a goal of 30,000.00 with a graphic showing how much had been donated.  I looked at the number and hit refresh.  Every time I refreshed, the number increased.  In the five minutes that I monitored the page, the amount had risen thousands of dollars.  Imagine what damage they can do with that kind of firepower unopposed.

The opposition is martialing it’s forces and donations are pouring in to their coffers from gay marriage advocates all over California and other states nationwide.  After their stinging loss in California, they can’t afford to lose Maine.  They’re pouring all their attention and resources into the state hoping to tip the election.  There is a dire need for donations.  We can’t afford to lose this fight.  You can’t protect marriage with empty air.  Please forward this message to friends, neighbors, churches, ANYONE who can help! and let’s get them the help they need to win.

Stand for Marriage Maine’s Campaign page is here, click to donate: http://www.standformarriagemaine.com/

Send this out to anyone you know who also might be able to help!  A little from many can go a long way.

Grass Roots FAIL—What are California Cuckoos doing in Maine??

California didn’t vote that way but they want YOU to!  Reject the Astroturf! Stand for Marriage Maine!

Hattip to Beetle Blogger for the story:

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First came the news that Equality California (EQCA) was uprooting activists and moving them to Maine to fight against the People’s Veto. Now this.

Today as I was tweeting my heart out on Tweetdeck, I came across many pleas for assistance from the Equality Maine group, and then there was this reply:

Click the link provided and voila! A map appears with precise location targeted for the phone bank. Sure enough, it’s Redlands California, more than 3,000 miles from the nearest port in Maine.

But Wait, There’s More! Here’s example #2 of EPIC Grass Roots FAIL:

Free Maine Vacation! Courtesy of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Meetup in Maine” By Lisa Neff

“Well, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has taken on the role of travel agent and is lining up GLBT folks from across the country for an October holiday.

This is a New England holiday, a meet-up in Maine, where, next month, Mainers and their out-of-state allies will be courting votes to defend marriage rights against a wrong-wing attack.

“We need volunteers who can commit to spending at least a week in Maine in October to be part of an unprecedented get-out-the-vote operation,” reads the action alert from the NGLTF. “We have several shifts to choose from, each lasting one week. If you can, feel free to take more than one shift.”

And, for those who can’t trek to Maine, join the stay-cation volunteer campaign. Pledge support or donate to No on 1/Protect Maine Equality.”

Our friend gabegonz must be a “stay-cation” volunteer. Thank you to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and @gabegonz for your tweet display of honesty to the people of Maine. But I can’t say the same for the “No on 1″ Campaign.

What about the promises made in the beginning of the campaign that this would be a local deal? It looks like a grass-roots FAIL of epic proportions as I looked into the issue deeper and found that the “No on 1″ campaign is actually ADVERTISING for astroturfers on their website!

“The countdown is on. In the weeks ahead, volunteers will be needed in key places throughout the state. Join us by taking a Volunteer Vacation and if you live in Maine, we also need help finding housing for our out-of-state volunteers.” —“No on 1″ Campaign Website

Epic FAIL.

Stand for Marriage Maine! Stand up and hold back against the tide of the opposition! Truly, this is an issue that will affect us all for generations.

Vote for Grass Roots FAIL on Fail blog:

http://cheezburger.com/view.aspx?ciid=5314721

Read Pearl Diver’s take:

http://pearl-diving.blogspot.com/2009/09/maine-marriage-initiative-grass-roots.html

From the Maine Campaign 9-24

Update Message To Our Volunteers

Hello everyone and thank you again for registering to be a volunteer for our campaign to preserve traditional marriage. The campaign is really heating up and our volunteers are more important with each passing day.

Many of you have requested bumper stickers, brochures, yard signs and buttons. Demand for these items has been high and we’ve had to reorder more stock, so please be patient with us. Our yard signs are on the way, and when they arrive, we will be sending a blast with instructions as to where these can be picked up throughout the state. Please feel free to email mary@standformarriagemaine.com or call (207) 846-9052 if you run out of any of the supplies we have sent you including:

  • Palm Cards
  • Bumper Stickers
  • Absentee Ballot Applications
  • Voter Registration Cards
  • Donation Envelopes

In the meantime, while you’re waiting for more bumper stickers and yard signs, won’t you help us by going door-to-door in your community and talking to your neighbors, or phoning fellow Mainers from your home or from one of our many satellite phone banks? There is no substitute for one Maine voter talking to another, talking about how marriage matters, and how the legalization of homosexual marriage will have real consequences for society, especially our children.

If you can help, please get in touch with me.

Again, all our thanks to you.

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Maine: A Good Look at the People’s Veto

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It’s More Than Marriage: What’s At Stake in Maine

Op-Ed
by Pastor Bob Emrich

I don’t know anyone who looks across acres of clear-cut land and calls it tree equality. That makes as much sense as looking at the extreme changes to Maine’s marriage law approved recently by Gov. Baldacci and calling it marriage equality.

Look at the facts and decide for yourself. Let’s start by comparing Maine’s marriage law before and after the change.

The State of Maine held the historic definition of marriage in highest regard throughout Maine law. Maine law told us why “traditional monogamous marriage” was well worth State government protection and promotion. Maine law said, “The union of one man and one woman joined in traditional monogamous marriage is of inestimable value to society..;” The word “inestimable” means too valuable to be measured or fully appreciated.

Maine’s marriage law said: “..the State has a compelling interest to nurture and promote the unique institution of traditional monogamous marriage in the support of harmonious families and the physical and mental health of children;”

That part of the law is full of wonderful, important words. “Compelling” means the State’s interest in historic marriage cannot be refuted. “Nurture” means to cherish, to encourage the growth of. To “promote” means to support. “Unique” means the only one of its kind. An “institution” is a well-established and familiar custom.

That paragraph of Maine’s marriage law ends with, “…and that the State has the compelling interest in promoting the moral values inherent in traditional monogamous marriage.”

Finally, the whole purpose of Maine’s marriage law was, “To encourage the traditional monogamous family unit as the basic building block of our society, the foundation of harmonious and enriching family life;”

Maine legislators and the Governor took every bit of the marriage law I have just outlined for you, clear-cut it, and threw it out as worthless garbage. All that language and, more important, the meaning behind the words, is gone.

It was cut first by a majority of the Maine Legislature who said societies were wrong for thousands of years in valuing “traditional monogamous marriage” as “the basic building block of society.” They came up with their new definition of marriage, which Governor Baldacci signed it into law. It starts with: “Marriage is the legally recognized union of 2 people.”

Baldacci’s new marriage law then redefines all of the historic terms we associate with marriage: Widows aren’t just women. Neither are wives and brides. Husbands, grooms, and widowers aren’t just men. In fact, the Governor’s new marriage law says: “Gender-specific terms relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships, including, but not limited to, ‘spouse,’ ‘family,’ ‘marriage,’ ‘immediate family,’ ‘dependent,’ ‘next of kin,’ ‘bride,’ ‘groom,’ ‘husband,’ ‘wife,’ ‘widow’ and ‘widower,’ must be construed to be gender-neutral for all purposes throughout the law, whether in the context of statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other source of civil law.”

There you have it. It is a belief among those of us supporting a Peoples Veto of this law on the November 3, 2009 ballot that Mainers deserve a full and honest debate about this radical law and its impact on society short-term, mid-term, and long-term. The one public hearing on this law, in Augusta, on a work day was a very bad call by the legislators involved.

Mainers must have the opportunity to decide if adopting a law redefining historic marriage as gender-free, instead of Maine law saying “..the State has a compelling interest to nurture and promote the unique institution of traditional monogamous marriage in the support of harmonious families and the physical and mental health of children,” is what they want for themselves, their children and grandchildren.

Marriage in Maine: It’s Got Everything to Do With Education!

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Marriage joins the two parts that make up the human race: man and woman. It is our society’s ultimate expression of equality. No gender is marginalized. Each is celebrated in the union that creates a fundamental unit of society: marriage.

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