Friday October 05, 2012 | 11:47 AM

There are a few things happening today on the gay-marriage front, with campaign finance reports due at midnight, a new TV ad, a new appeal to pastors, a debate set for later this month, and a briefing memo.

Here's a quick run down:

Gay-marriage supporters released a new TV ad Thursday that features a straight couple from Fort Fairfield talking about why they think their lesbian daughter should be able to get married.

Opponents are asking pastors to watch this video by Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, which gives them action steps to take before the Nov. 6 election. He asks pastors to recruit a leader, take extra collections and help get out the vote.

The GLBT Law Caucus at the University of Maine Law School will host a debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Talbot Hall. Mary Bonauto of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders will face off against Carroll Conley of the Christian Civic League. It's free and open to the public.

So far, this is one of only three debates scheduled on the issue. TV stations WGME and WABI have also scheduled debates for later this month and MPBN will do a MaineWatch segment, according to the campaigns.

And, this afternoon, Mainers United issued a lengthy briefing memo as a pre-emptive strike against what they think will be themes highlighted in anti-gay-marriage ads that will begin airing on Monday.

The memo tries to dispute arguments advanced by opponents that children do best in families headed by a mother and a father; heterosexual marriage has existed for thousands of years and contributed to the public good; and that businesses will be faced with lawsuits for not providing services to gay and lesbian couples.

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