Group Gives $250K to Maine Gay Marriage Opponents
PORTLAND, Maine -
The National Organization for Marriage is pumping money into the campaign that opposes Maine’s November ballot question seeking to legalize same-sex marriage.
The Washington, D.C.-based group transferred $250,000 Thursday to the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, which is spearheading the campaign against the ballot initiative, said campaign manager Frank Schubert.
Schubert said the Maine election has national implications because the state could become the first where same-sex marriage is legalized in a popular vote.
"It is a critical race for the survival of the institution of marriage in this country," Schubert said. "It’s a race that the entire nation is looking at and will have an impact far beyond the borders of Maine."
The National Organization for Marriage is a leading national anti-gay marriage group that has opposed same-sex initiatives in multiple states. Schubert, whose efforts are funded by the organization, also is managing other campaigns in opposition to same-sex marriage in three other states: Maryland, Washington and Minnesota.