November 3, Mainers go to the polls and vote on whether to reject Maine’s new same-sex marriage law. Fundraising totals for the third quarter of 2009 are out for the NO on 1 and YES on 1 forces. The main Maine NO on 1 organization, NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality, has raised more funds than the main Maine YES on 1 organization, Stand for Marriage Maine. The gap is enormous: consider that in just one day (September 29, 2009) NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality collected a greater number of donations than the number of donations Stand for Marriage Maine collected in three whole months. On that one day, September 29, the number of donors of less than $100 to NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality outnumbered he number of donations of any size Stand for Marriage Maine collected in three months’ time. And that’s not the only day with such bragging rights. There are simply more people, many many more people, who financially support same-sex marriage equality for Maine.
That the anti-gay Stand for Marriage Maine is even in the same ballpark financially as the pro-equality NO on 1 group is due to the financial support of religious groups. 86.4% of the $1,193,323.83 raised by Stand for Marriage Maine in the 3rd Quarter of 2009 — 86.4% — comes from just four sources:
1. The Knights of Columbus
2. The National Organization for Marriage
3. Focus on the Family
4. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
Look it up for yourself at mainecampaignfinance.com website. Click on the “Ballot Questions” tab to do your own research.
NO on 1 has got the people. YES on 1 has the church hierarchies. Church hierarchies don’t vote on November 3.