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IN MAINE We Can Make History

Chellie Pingree, mother of Rep. Hannah Pingree, speaker of the Maine House of Representatives: "Tomorrow We Can Make History"--HuffPo:
"Maine people have a live-and-let-live philosophy, and tend to be fair and open-minded. Left to themselves, I have no doubt that they would support true marriage equality for all Maine families.

The problem is, they haven't been left to themselves.

The same forces that were behind Prop 8 in California have moved their entire operation to Maine. The anti-marriage equality effort in Maine is a carbon copy of the California effort -- including false and misleading ads intended to frighten parents and distract attention from the real issue of marriage equality. Funded primarily by the right-wing National Organization for Marriage, they have tried to convince parents that legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine will lead to 'explicit' discussions of gay sex as part of a 'gay friendly curriculum.' For kindergartners.

The anti-marriage side has not exactly set the standard for openness and transparency. Last month they went to court to try and avoid state law that requires the names of donors to be reported. And it's been two weeks since the last campaign finance report, so we have no way of knowing how much they've raised in these final days -- but I am told that they have increased their ad buy significantly. A massive infusion from an outside group (think the Mormon Church in California's Prop 8 campaign) at the last minute wouldn't be a surprise.

You can help. Go to Protect Maine Equality to learn more."

Wise words from the mother of the Speaker of Maine's house of Representatives. Please help MAINE KEEP EQUALITY!


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