Homophobic Bigots Want a Prop 8, Called Prop 1, in Maine. Will They Succeed?


gay marriageIf you supported Proposition 8 in California last year, you’re no doubt salivating at the idea of extending your bigotry and murderous, homophobic hatred to Maine, where same-sex marriage is currently law, through a ballot item this November called Proposition 1. Here’s the text of the proposition:

Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?

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Unlike last year, when everyone couldn’t imagine Proposition 8 passing in California (which it did, thanks in so small part to the arguably illegal intervention of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and others), this measure could well pass in Maine. Unlike last year, too, anti-bigotry forces are already mobilizing and have been doing so for some time. The following, below, is part of the text of an email I received from the Human Rights Campaign:

…we need your help.

…The National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family and the PR firm behind Prop. 8 have gone East to overturn the marriage equality law that passed this spring.

HRC has been on the ground in Maine for months, working with local groups across the state and the NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign. Will you help run this amazing new ad produced by the campaign and bolster our efforts?

We have less than 60 days until Mainers will vote on a Prop. 8-style initiative that would void the marriage equality law enacted this spring.

We’ve received word that right-wing groups have already spent $600,000 to blanket the state with anti-marriage ads. We can count on a campaign fueled by distortion and lies, just like we saw in California last year.

…Were there lessons in California? Certainly. One key lesson was that not enough people invested early to defeat Prop. 8. We can’t let that happen again.

I propose the URL for this video — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8YYJKIbSJE&feature=player_detailpage — be embedded in your Facebook page at least once a week for the next eight weeks. In so doing, you’ll raise awareness and you’ll give increasing illumination to the fight at hand.