October 3, 2012

Bill Nemitz: Group returns to spit on law, set Mainers straight

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The burning issue here isn't whether the truth behind the National Organization for Marriage's coast-to-coast campaigns against same-sex marriage will someday be revealed.

Sooner or later, its claim that its donors (wink, wink) in no way knew where their money was going (nod, nod) will be exposed for the cynical circumvention of the democratic process that it has been since Day One.

No, what matters right now is what happens beginning this Friday. That's when the latest quarterly reports for all so-called "ballot question committees" will be made public by the ethics commission.

It's also when the anti-Question 1 group Protect Marriage Maine, the local puppet in NOM's national political theater, undoubtedly will report its first (but hardly its last) whopper of a lump-sum contribution from the National Organization for Marriage.

Some of the money will go to pay 2009 puppet master Frank Schubert (newly cast as NOM's political director) as he singlehandedly and simultaneously battles same-sex marriage ballot measures in Maine, Minnesota, Washington and Maryland.

But the bulk of the cash -- an estimated $600,000 and counting so far -- will go toward an avalanche of velvety-yet-still-homophobic TV ads conceived, produced and paid for by people who want very much to influence Maine's future without actually having to live here.

The 30-second spots will tell us that a) Maine's gays and lesbians already have all the rights they need (which they don't), b) legitimate research proves the irreplaceable value of heterosexual parents (which it doesn't) and c) the consequences of same-sex marriages will be catastrophic (cue, for old time's sake, the worried-looking teacher in the not-really-a-public-school classroom).

But as you listen to this drivel or, your choice, hit the mute button, remember one thing.

What the National Organization for Marriage isn't telling us, once again, is who's putting their money where all that misinformation is.

And what, pray tell, put them above Maine law.

 

Columnist Bill Nemitz can be contacted at 791-6323 or at:

bnemitz@mainetoday.com

 

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