Former state representative John Eder of the Maine Green Independent Party demonstrates for same sex marriage in June, 2011. (Wikipedia/John Eder)

Group gives $250K to Maine gay marriage opponents

NOM is pumping money into Maine's gay marriage fight


Clarke Canfield
September 21, 2012 8:48PM (UTC)

The National Organization for Marriage is pumping money into the campaign that opposes Maine's November ballot question seeking to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Washington, D.C.-based group transferred $250,000 on Thursday to the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, which is spearheading the campaign against the ballot initiative, said campaign manager Frank Schubert.

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Schubert said the Maine election has national implications because the state could become the first where same-sex marriage is legalized in a popular vote.

"It is a critical race for the survival of the institution of marriage in this country," Schubert said. "It's a race that the entire nation is looking at and will have an impact far beyond the borders of Maine."

The National Organization for Marriage is a leading national anti-gay marriage group that has opposed same-sex initiatives in multiple states. Schubert, whose efforts are funded by the organization, also is managing other campaigns in opposition to same-sex marriage in three other states: Maryland, Washington and Minnesota.

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Schubert's announcement came during a telephone conference call Thursday night with the co-chairman of Protect Marriage Maine and other gay marriage opponents.

Opponents in Maine thus far have raised only $100,000 to $200,000, Schubert said, while same-sex marriage supporters have said they expect to raise and spend $5 million or more.

Schubert said recent polling suggests that the race is close.

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Opponents are confident the question will fail given that the opposition campaign has yet to kick into high gear and supporters of gay marriage have been working for a long time trying to persuade people to support gay marriage, he said.

The Maine Legislature in 2009 legalized same-sex marriage, but voters later that year overturned the law 53 percent to 47 percent.

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In Maryland and Washington, residents are voting in November on ballot questions that would overturn same-sex marriage laws passed by those states' legislatures. Voters in Minnesota are voting on a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.


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