Stand for Marriage Maine Re: Campaign Pledge

Thu Aug 6, 2009 5:37pm EDT

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PORTLAND, Maine, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is the text
of a letter to Mr. Jesse Connolly, Campaign Manager, No on One, Protect Maine
Equality, from Marc R. Mutty Chair, Executive Committee, of Stand for Marriage
Maine:

Mr. Jesse Connolly, Campaign Manager
No on One, Protect Maine Equality

Dear Jesse:

We are aware from media reports today that you have sent a "pledge" to conduct
an ethical campaign consistent with Maine practice and statutes for Frank
Schubert of Schubert/Flint to sign. We are pleased that your campaign has
finally responded to our long-standing call for both sides of this issue to
conduct an honest, civil and respectful campaign. We are pleased you have
accepted our challenge.

Stand for Marriage Maine will be signing the campaign conduct pledge form you
provided.

We were delighted to see your commitment to "uphold the right of every
qualified voter to free and equal participation in the election process." This
is quite a change of direction given the extraordinary efforts made by
Equality Maine and your allies to prevent Maine voters from having any say on
this issue whatsoever during the Legislative session.

In addition to conducting an honest and forthright campaign, we hope that you
will agree with us on the following principles.
    --  Agree to at least one public debate with the media invited to cover it
        live. The voters deserve to hear from both sides of this important
issue
        in a forum that allows for a full discussion of the ramifications of
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        1020.
    --  Agree that no contributor, volunteer or staff member will be harassed
        due to their participation in the campaign. Regretfully, supporters of
        marriage in California and other states were repeatedly harassed by
gay
        marriage activists including posting their personal information on the
        Web, having their employers called, and subjecting them to various
forms
        of intimidation.
    --  Agree that property will not be destroyed, as has happened elsewhere.
        This includes destroying or defacing campaign signs, damaging vehicles
        containing bumper stickers and defacing churches that are active in
the
        campaign.

    --  Agree that churches on both sides of the issue will be dealt with
        respectfully and no attempt will be made to interfere with their
lawful
        expression of beliefs or discussion with their members and the public.


We hope you can join us in making this pledge Jesse for the well being and
safety of all and for the opportunity to have a fact-filled and honest debate
over this important issue.

In the future we urge you to address your concerns to those that are charged
with the decision making responsibility for our campaign. As I think you
already know, Schubert/Flint are under contract with our campaign but it is
the Executive Committee, Bob Emrich, Brian Brown, and myself as chair, that
make the final call.

Sincerely,

Marc R. Mutty, Chair, Executive Committee
Bob Emrich, Executive Committee



SOURCE  Stand for Marriage Maine

Scott K. Fish Communications Director, Stand for Marriage Maine,
+1-207-458-7185
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