Calling Out for Backup! A Crucial Moment in Maine

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Maine is in desperate need of financial assistance in the fight to protect marriage.  If they do not receive additional financial support soon they are at risk of losing the fight.  Your support can make all the difference.  What happens in Maine will affect the rest of the US.  Because of the support from people across the US and Canada California was able to overturn its same sex marriage ruling.  We must not stand aside now and let Stand for Marriage Maine’s efforts fail due to lack of funding.

They’re calling out for backup!  They’ve done so much with so little.  Let’s help push them over the top.  Protect Marriage!

—Beetle Blogger

Please read the message from Stand for Marriage Maine below and consider what you can do TODAY to make a difference!

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We knew we were being vastly outspent from the fact that the No on 1 campaign was able to air their advertising upwards of 50% more than our Yes on 1 campaign ads. We had a clue that the other side was awash in money because of the dozens of paid staff members they have on board their campaign. But we never dreamed the situation was as dire as it is: our opponents have raised approximately $1.6 more than we have and are conducting a financial assault on the institution of marriage. Overall, they have raised an astonishing $2.7 million from gay marriage supporters across the country!

We are in desperate need of additional financial support or we risk losing because our opponents are attempting to buy themselves an election – and destroy the institution of marriage in the process.

The latest financial reports detailing the amount of money that has come in for both sides of the Question 1 campaign shows that our committee, Stand for Marriage Maine has raised approximately $1.1 million while our opponents have raised about 2.5 times more than we have. This is an astonishing financial advantage our opponents have amassed. It explains why they were able to be on the air with ads nearly three weeks before our campaign was able to begin advertising. It explains why they can afford to operate multiple campaign headquarters. It explains how they can afford a statewide staff of field organizers and operate dozens of phone banks. And it explains why the institution of marriage is teetering on the ledge – at risk of being forever redefined in Maine. Our opponents are raising money from across the country from gay marriage supporters who see an opportunity to win their first victory at the ballot box in the history of the nation.

We cannot let them get away with this. We cannot let homosexual marriage activists from virtually every state in the nation decide that marriage will be redefined in Maine. Please don’t let our opponents succeed with this financial assault on marriage. Will you please, right now, make a generous donation to our campaign?

The good news is that even though we are being vastly outspent, we have run a financially prudent and efficient campaign. Our polling shows that we are dead-even right now and in a good position to win the campaign. Voters recall our advertising more so than the ads from the other side. We are defining Question 1 on our terms. And we know that we will win when voters come to understand the many consequences to families, children and society as a whole if same-sex marriage is legalized in Maine.

The only way our opponents can win is if they try to confuse the issue by running millions of dollars in advertising with false claims that we are lying about the consequences of legalizing homosexual marriage. They don’t want to defend the teaching of homosexual marriage to young children in public schools, so they are spending millions to try to deny and deny. They don’t want to talk about individuals, small businesses and religious groups being sued for refusing to support homosexual marriage, so they are spending millions to calls us liars. And they don’t want to explain to voters why the law they sponsored and advocated strips from Maine’s marriage statutes the interests of nurturing children, so they are spending millions making the oxymoronic claim that we are trying to “harm children.” We are trying to prevent 5, 6 and 7 year old children from being taught about homosexual marriage in school against the wishes of their parents and we are accused of “harming children?” If it weren’t so serious, this would be like describing an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ situation.

But it IS so serious. Our campaign strategists, who helped pass Proposition 8 in California and who have won dozens of initiative campaigns around the country, tell us that we cannot win if we continue to be outspent as we have to this point. It is amazing that we are still in a dead heat. We’ve had to cut our voter contact program dramatically. Every week we’ve cut our advertising budget. We’ve eliminated a statewide bus tour that we had planned for next week. We’ve had to cut back on staffing. And collateral materials. And direct mail. Our grassroots organizing has suffered.

Yet still we are in a position to pass Question 1. This is a testament to your strong support and to the common sense of average Mainers who know in their heart that marriage is worth preserving.

But let’s not fool ourselves. We have to raise more money, right now, if we are to pass Question 1. Please make a sacrificial contribution today, as if the survival of marriage depended on it. Because, quite literally, it does.

The campaign reports made available today lay bare the falsehood of our opponents’ claim that they have a homegrown, grassroots Maine-based campaign. The truth is their support has come mostly from the gay activist political elite from all corners of the nation, including Hollywood, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, and the Democratic national political machine, Act Blue.com. They have raised money from virtually every state in the nation.

Why are homosexual marriage activists pouring money into Maine? Because never before have they been able to convince voters to approve homosexual marriage. Voters in thirty states have considered this issue, and in all thirty states they have voted to preserve traditional marriage and reject homosexual marriage. But our opponents think they can win in Maine. We are a small state. Raising millions of dollars to spend here will make a big difference. Recruiting hundreds of volunteers to come to Maine will make a big difference. And if they can win in Maine it would be historic. They will use a victory to attempt to convince the media that the mood of the nation has changed and that it is time for America to also abandon the God-created idea of marriage.

Will you let them get away with it?

So much is riding on the Question 1 election. We have three weeks left. We have three weeks to close the financial deficit we are in. We have three weeks to add to our advertising campaign. We have three weeks to buttress our grassroots operation. We have three weeks to talk to Maine voters about the importance of traditional marriage, and the consequences of abandoning it in favor of homosexual marriage.

But all this must start right now – today – and it must start with you and me. We’ve learned an important lesson. Our opponents are determined to do whatever they can to secure victory. We must respond, and respond now. It is up to you. There is no one but you. The only question is, will you be there for us when the fight for marriage needs you the most? We pray you will be.

Thank you for all your efforts to defend God’s precious institution of marriage. We look forward to your continued help. We are counting on you at this critical time.

Sincerely,

Marc Mutty
Chairman
Stand For Marriage Maine

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13 Comments

  1. Urabus said,

    October 14, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I allready donated to help Maine out a couple of months ago. The situation is pathetic and it exists due to appathy. The idea that homosexuals and sympathizers can generate more money than the vast majority of American people that believe in true marraige is rediculous. I keep getting the same feeling about support for true marraige with everyone I talk to about it. Most believe in it, but very few care to do anything about it. So it has been the same people (us) all along financialy supporting marraige where needed. Everyone one else does not want their selfish little lives dissturbed by giving of their time and money.

    As long as it is the same people being sapped of their small earnings each month to defend the entire nation from this perverse onslaught, the situation will continue to errode. The current strategy to protect marraige from the back side is not working. Homosexuals challenge every court ruling with the use of tax payers money to pay their homosexual lawyers. And it costs us millions to defend what we have already won against them. So we are paying for BOTH sides of these trials.

    NO MORE!

  2. L.Marie said,

    October 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Urabus, I’m sorry that you feel this way. To me, this is a call for help that I will not let go by simply because it is hard. The quest is not vain, you shouldn’t discourage others from helping who can.

    We’re working hard in Maine to undo what our legislature and governor did to us. They imposed gay marriage on our state without asking for input or listening to the voters of this state. In Maine, THIS IS our recourse. We’re taking it and we’re so close. SanFrancisco cannot be allowed to buy this election!

    Stand for the people against rogue government! Help us if you can! The Lord knows we need it. Prayers too!

  3. Ross said,

    October 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Urabus is experiencing the “inevitable” outcome that I keep speaking of. It’s almost like throwing money into a tornado. I still feel that all that money being thrown away to combat something that is almost impossible to beat could be utilized better elsewhere–homeless shelters, cancer research, aids research, orphans, etc. Why not focus on really doing something positive for a group of people instead of fighting AGAINST a group of people.

  4. beetlebabee said,

    October 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Ross, it has nothing to do with fighting people. It has to do with fighting ideas. Some people who experience same sex attraction identify so completely with their moral ideas and actions that they say they “ARE” their moral choices. I don’t find that to be an accurate description. Who you ARE is a person, a human being, a child of God.

  5. beetlebabee said,

    October 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    L. Marie,
    You are right! It can be a difficult fight, but that doesn’t mean we should give up. Those of us who have families and responsibilities sometimes feel too busy or too burdened to be involved politically, but those days are past. It is increasingly obvious that we have to be involved in the process. We’ve neglected it too long. The people’s veto in Maine is part of the solution. I’m happy to support marriage in Maine, Washington, DC, Jersey, New York and Iowa. Anywhere the fight goes.

    The opposition commenters (ROSS and Personal Failure among them) are ecstatic to hear discouragement from those supporting marriage and families. They are like sharks in the water, who think they smell a whiff of blood, but don’t realize it’s their own. You think you’ve spent a lot of money Urabus? You’re not alone. How many elections can San Francisco buy?

    Thanks Marie for your comment.

  6. mlabot said,

    October 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    “How many elections do you think San Francisco can buy?”

    Exactly!! Equality Maine is running their campaign out of liberal hot pockets in California. They don’t reflect Maine’s people or Maine’s voice. They reflect California. We can’t let them buy our election out from under us.

  7. October 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    check me outon twitter…. Everyone here are great, any you speak the truth.
    I’m from Connecticut, and I’m waiting for the day we residents will come togather amend the Constitution banning SSM in this State. IT will be civil war before homosexual take over… let get ird of some of the self-interest politcians

  8. October 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    WE MUST FIGHT, WE MUST NOT GIVE UP, WE MUST CORRECT THE MISTAKES MADE IN THE PAST…WE MUST COMPLETELY CHANGE OUR VIEW HOW OTHERS ARE EFFECT BY WHAT WE DO, HOW DID WE GET HERE? WHAT DID WE NEGLECT TO DO IN OUR PAST, WHAT DO WE DO TO MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN…?

  9. Goombella said,

    October 14, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Hi there. I have been following this issue for a little while and I have a question to any one who lives in Maine. Realistically what are your chances of winning. Since I hear Maine is a liberal state I would figure that no matter what gay marriage would win. To my surprise thought it has remained pretty close. So someone please tell me what is the general attitude of the Maine people. I do not want to trust the polls since they can be rigged either way sometimes.

  10. beetlebabee said,

    October 14, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    The chances are very good that Maine will win. Among likely voters, support for traditional marriage is higher than the average population. Most of Maine is rural and independent. The southern edge has a few larger cities that trend liberal. This fight is going to come down to the last minute blitz. If the opposition can throw enough dirt in the air, and muddy the minds of enough voters, we will have a serious problem.

  11. Goombella said,

    October 14, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for your answer.

    So in your opinion do you think a lot Maine voters will be swayed by the emotional ads made by the No people?

    Also how do you know that most of the likely voters support traditional marriage?

  12. beetlebabee said,

    October 15, 2009 at 2:22 am

    That’s what the polling data is showing for Maine. The same was true here in California. The numbers aren’t a lot higher for likely voters, but they are higher. Where do you sit on the issue? I take it you’re not in Maine?

    In California, the more people heard our ads, the higher our polling was. Maine is similar. They have a situation where the media is beating a certain drumbeat, and unopposed, many won’t bother to look into the issue any further than what the proclaimed conventional wisdom and consensus is saying. Proposition 8 was more than ten points down in the polls simply because of the constant barrage from the media and the opposition, but we turned that around with our ads by bringing up points the media never covered, that made sense. The same can be true for Maine, but having the last three crucial weeks of the campaign go by without the ability to respond to the attacks because of lack of funds….that very well could be fatal. We were outspent here in California as well, but not by 2 to 1 margins. That is just unfathomable.

    It is possible to buy an election, and that’s what gay activists are trying to do here. Maine is a state they can’t afford to lose.

  13. Goombella said,

    October 15, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I live in Florida and I am more of a supporter for traditional marriage.

    I`m not surprised at all about how much money the No people are getting since they have friends in high places on their side like Hollywood celebrities and the such.

    I wish Maine all the luck in the world and wish I had money to give. I really hope those 100,000 signatures come to mean something in the end.


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