The gay rights movement has a major challenge ahead in Tuesday's
election, when Maine will vote on a ballot initiative on whether to ban
or allow gay marriage. The most recent poll
shows 48% plan to vote in support of gay marriage, 47% in opposition,
with 5% uncertain. Given that this is an off-year election, turnout
will be a decisive factor. Organizing groups on both sides, which have
been flooding the state
with ads, are expected to launch statewide get-out-the-vote efforts. Will the White House, which today announced
a landmark gay rights decision to close the HIV travel ban, get involved? It has so far seemed hesitant
- Obama, Go to Maine The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan wants
President Obama to make a push. "Obama could make the difference," he
writes. "A poll this close indicates a loss for marriage equality. Now
Obama's 67 percent favorables in the state. He has a chance to help."
Mother Jones's Kevin Drum agrees. "I understand his reluctance to address hot button cultural issues until
he gets most of his legislative agenda through Congress this year, but
justice is justice. He ought to speak up on this."
- Lessons From California Kevin Drum looks at
the anti-gay-marriage ads and wonders if they could reproduce the
fear-based success of similar ads in last year's California referendum
to ban gay marriage. "Reminds me of California 11 months ago: generally
positive from the pro side, dark and fearmongering from the anti side.
Note especially the almost comically menacing musing from the anti
Of course, as we all know, fear sells: the anti side won in California.
But not by much!"
- Will Gay Marriage Be 'Taught' In Schools? That's the fear being pushed by some ads and by Townhall's Sandy Rios, among others. Rios writes,
"Homosexual activists want your children in every way. In order to
achieve that, it is necessary to mainstream homosexuality so that
anyone opposing it is severely ostracized or punished as a result."
Most are, for good reason, not taking the fears seriously. But
Wonkette's Jim Newell can't resist:
"Gay marriage will be taught in schools unless we vote Yes on
Question 1," the insane person tells us. Do they "teach" straight
marriage now? When we were in grade school, all the teaching was about
multiplication and reading and George Washington and whatever. Now
everyone just learns to be gay and to sext each other and to compare
and contrast iPhones and Palm Pres.
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