Thursday, April 17, 2014
An Associated Press story we ran Thursday raises the question of whether gay-marriage campaigns across the county have shied away from using gay people in their ads.
The story, with a Minneapolis dateline, says "gay people speaking for themselves" are missing from the airwaves in the four states that will vote on gay marriage this year (Maine, Minnesota, Maryland and Washington). It quotes a fund-raising consultant who says that the "tough guys we need to flip" may still "say that gays are gross."
What's happened in Maine?
So far, Mainers United for Marriage has run two ads. One features a straight pastor and his wife expressing support and the other shows a group of volunteer firefighters, including one who identifies himself as gay, saying they too will vote "yes" on Question 1.
In addition, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders have run two ads, including one that features a lesbian couple sitting at a family dinner table. A WW II veteran who is the father of one of the women says he supports gay marriage. The other ad shows a straight couple talking about their support for gay marriage because they have a gay son.
In Maine, it appears the ads are 50/50 when it comes to showing openly gay people. With more ads on the way -- including the first ads from opponents which are scheduled to air in early October -- it will be interesting to see how both campaigns try to influence voters as we barrel toward Nov. 6.
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