Alex Blaze

Maine's No on 1 Campaign responds to the Perfesser

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 17, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: California, gay marriage, Maine, marriage, marriage equality, No On 1, Prop. 8, same-sex marriage

It looks like the No on 1 Campaign in Maine learned a lot of the right lessons from the No on 8 Campaign in California 2008. Here's an ad that responds to the silly, poorly-produced rightwing "Perfesser" ad against same-sex marriage, and they have it out two days after the rightwing ad first appeared (I put the ad after the jump). In California, it took about two weeks (if YouTube upload dates are the same as when the ads were put on the air) to respond to the schools/children bogeyman.

They even got the 2005 Teacher of the Year to deliver the basic message: it's about teaching respect for others (and self, since some of those kids reading King & King are queer themselves), not about trying to turn your kid gay.

(Also, if you think that keeping marriage in Maine is important and want to get this ad on the air more, consider donated to our ActBlue page to help the folks in Maine out. Ad buys are relatively cheap there, and a small donation can go a long way.)

Watch the ad after the jump.

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Both ads are a tad bit boring, but it's a good response.

The Reverend Doctor Theodore W. Hayes | September 18, 2009 9:17 AM

In my nearly 80 years of life, I have observed that the primary thing from which marriage needs to be protected is nothing other than divorce, not couples of the same gender.

It is all well and good to promote children being raised in a loving home by two loving parents, but little is said of the millions and millions of marriages that occur where children are brought into the world only to be subjected a few years later to the breakup of the family and the resultant chaos that ensues.

I would prefer that we not make marriage about the children but rather to make certain that "children" wanting to make their sex legal don't marry for the wrong reasons.

To make marriage propositions about "the children" is hypocritical at best and dishonest as well. In most every instance, propositions wishing to deny segments of our society the same privileges that others have is based solely on bigotry, nothing more, nothing less.

George Grassby | September 29, 2009 9:14 PM

I was in Maine last week and saw the ads from "the professor." The caption said he teaches at Boston College (a Jesuit university) Massachusetts where gay marriage is legal. All the lies he states have not happened here nor have divorce rates climbed. Just like crap from Fox Network, all distortions. I think we we should question the tax exempt status of the church groups since they are trying to force their religious beliefs on the public.

George Grassby