One of the big gay takeaways from Netroots Nation was the critical importance of defending marriage equality in Maine. The same team that brought us Prop 8 in California is now trying to strip away marriage from same-sex couples in Maine. The same consultants, the same national anti-gay organizations, the same Catholic Church.
Thank God the folks running the Protect Maine Equality have learned serious lessons from our loss in California and are not running the same old kind of campaign.
Take a look at this new television which features loving gay and straight couples from all across the state making clear that in Maine "we don't make one set of rules for some and another set of rules for others."
That ad shows gay and straight couples standing up for fairness and equality for all families. Even more powerful is the fact that their support for marriage equality is firmly situated within the progressive values that Mainers believe in.
The anti-marriage forces have so far outraised Protect Maine Equality by 3 - 1 and with that fundraising advantage have hired one of the dirtiest anti-gay political operations in the country. Schubert Flint Public Affairs which ran the Yes on Prop 8 campaign which strip marriage away from same-sex couples in California are now set to run the same kind of divisive campaign they ran in California.