UPDATE: It appears I'm not the only one who feels this way.
The new NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality ad:
For context, here's the Yes on 1 ad they're responding to which hit the air Monday:
Again, the NO on 1 campaign has done an amazing job in responding FAST. There was nothing more frustrating during last year's Prop 8 period when the NO side just couldn't keep up. So I applaud NO on 1 for their effectiveness and great organization.
As for the ad itself, though, I've been saying that the Yes campaign has been framing the debate and we're still constantly responding to them. This ad is simply a response, and though I think it's great in telling people that we have nothing to hide by providing the book in question to read, because we don't, we look defensive, and when you look defensive, it looks weak and now we have to CONVINCE voters that, "we're not so bad."
We need to go on the offense now. We need to point out their LIES and SHAME them in front of voters, that they're outsiders wanting to HARM how things are ran in Maine to fit their AGENDA, and that they're out to DESTROY families. These key words, combined with effective imagery, will spur undecided heterosexuals to finally care to get off the couch and vote NO.
The Maine media has done a stupendous job of researching the ad claims on both sides of the debate. The following was a story by WCSH6/WLBZ2.
Even better, the Bangor Daily News reports that, "State education commissioner Susan Gendron is asking the Attorney General’s Office to help settle whether Maine’s gay marriage law will affect curriculum in public schools."
"But in response to continuing questions from the media and the public, Gendron sent a letter to Attorney General Janet Mills on Wednesday asking for an analysis of the law and any legal ramifications of a Massachusetts court decision referenced in the ads."
So we have both the media and state education officials (and possibly the Attorney General) doing the rebuttal for us for all of Maine to see. And we already know what they'll find - voting to save Maine's marriage bill will in no way affect public school curriculum.
So let's get back to the topic on hand - marriage!
The opposition, who stripped marriage away in California are attempting to do the same in Maine, but they haven't adapted to the fact that Maine is NOT California. They're using the same tactics, but they shouldn't work in Maine. We can use this to our advantage EVEN MORE.
The last few weeks of a campaign are brutal but vital. Let's go on the offense and shift into high gear. Let's urge voters to come out and vote against this attack on Maine families! Let's turn the tables on the opposition fast and send them scrambling, while we charge ahead with our message of equality and fairness!
Get involved in Maine! Go to the NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality website.