Without going for the jugular on the surface, this ad actually does go for the jugular. They're actually telling the voter that voting Yes doesn't violate the civil rights of gays and lesbians and actually protects the civil rights of heterosexuals by "protecting" traditional marriage. It's an aggressive "we're the victims" argument.
Of course, they say Maine's domestic partnerships provide "substantial protections" for gay and lesbian couples and highlight the state's registry site that says "legal status similar to that of a married person."
Full text on Maine's domestic partnership registration website:
P.L. 2003, c. 672, enacted by the Legislature and signed into law on April 28, 2004, establishes the concept of domestic partners in Maine law. Under the law, registered domestic partners are accorded a legal status similar to that of a married person with respect to matters of probate, guardianships, conservatorships, inheritance, protection from abuse, and related matters. The legislation establishes a Domestic Partner Registry housed within the Office of Health Data and Program Management, Bureau of Health of the Department of Health and Human Services.UHM, NOT THE SAME AS MARRIAGE! Hospital visitation rights? Spousal retirement benefits? Need I list more? Though in the past, opponents claimed that it was the same as marriage. So what is it? (Note: When this passed in 2004, so few rights were attached that anti-LGBT forces didn't bother to try and get a People's Veto to overturn it.)
I think we know.
"It's possible to protect the civil rights of all citizens and protect traditional marriage at the same time," the sweet lady says.
Who can't hear the contradiction in that one sentence? It's like they WANT people to hear the oxymoron. How is denying a group of minorities access to tax-funded benefits protecting civil rights?
This is damaging because they are now using our argument against us. Anyone who felt guilty about denying people civil rights and were thinking of voting NO now have a way out, faulty logic aside. Undecided voters will hear what they want to hear.
So Frank Schubert, the mastermind of Prop 8, realized he wasn't going to win with the school argument in Maine. He may just win with this one.
DON'T LET PROP 8 HAPPEN AGAIN!
ACTION: Call marriage equality supporters and remind them to vote!
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