Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Four, a liberal group using mostly social media to promote gay marriage in four states, released a new video this week about the push for gay marriage in Maine.
The video features two Maine couples who want to get married and a straight volunteer who goes door to door to talk to people about gay marriage. In a separate effort, the group has enlisted Bruce Springsteen, who emphasizes his view that allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry is a civil rights issue.
The Four is focused on winning gay marriage ballot questions in Maine, Maryland, Washington and Minnesota. Their homepage lists the latest polls, which shows gay marriage support above 50 percent in Maine and Washington, but below it in Maryland and Minnesota.
It will be interesting to see what happens to poll numbers in Maine after the first anti-gay-marriage ads go up on TV next week. For months, opponents have been working to shore up their base in churches and will finally begin their public appeal in the last month of the campaign.
Another thing to note this weekend is that the next round of campaign finance reports are due at midnight Friday. Expect to see supporters still outspending opponents by a large margin, but there should be some big numbers from opponents to report on as well.
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