Maine “Yes On 1” Ad Recycles California Ads, Casts Activist As “Teacher”

Jim Burroway

September 22nd, 2009

We alerted you earlier today that the folks at Stand for Marriage Maine were about to reveal a new television ad, and that they promised to repeat talking points that they had already acknowledged as lies. Well, here it is:

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It’s an almost word-for-word copy of this 2008 commercial for California’s Prop 8. The only difference is a that Charla Bansley was cast in the role of “teacher, Ellsworth, Maine.” And who is Charla Bansley? She’s no ordinary run-of-the-mill school teacher. Sharp-eyed Jeremy Hooper has the scoop:

In truth, Ms. Bansley is the state director of the Concerned Women For America of Maine, and has appeared onstage at many Stand For Marriage Maine rallies. She has made her interest clear time and time again.

And while she is a teacher, she doesn’t teach at a public institution. She teaches at Calvary Chapel Christian School. A Christian school where she is already freely stifling pro-gay speech, at least according to one of her very own students.

Pomo

September 22nd, 2009

May God deal justly with this woman…

Dan

September 22nd, 2009

Why in all of MA, all of CA, all of IA, and all of CT are there no outraged families other than the Parkers and the Wirthlins? Add to these states those other states which have had the functional equivalent of gay marriage – VT, NJ, NM, NH and yes, Maine itself. You are talking about tens of millions of families with kids in public schools. And these laws have been in place for years – 10 years in the case of VT. So that is millions more kids who have cycled through the education system in all of those states. There should be tens of thousands of examples of the victims of gay marriage education.

Out of all of that, Schubert can’t produce any families whose kids have been “taught gay marriage”. Just the circus of the Parkers and the Wirthlins, shipped like precious cargo from state to state as the solitary example of the “consequences” of gay marriage.

Pathetic.

Matt

September 23rd, 2009

They’re clearly going for the strategy of “the more you repeat a lie, the faster it becomes true”

Burr

September 23rd, 2009

Now is the time to pounce. Their hand is in the cookie jar of lies.

There should be a response ad exposing all of that info with the basic message: “Out of staters are hijacking the political process in Maine with deceitful scare tactics.”

Christopher Waldrop

September 23rd, 2009

Why in all of MA, all of CA, all of IA, and all of CT are there no outraged families other than the Parkers and the Wirthlins?

There may be “outraged families” and I’m sure there are outraged individuals. And if they can provide a reasonable explanation as to why they’re opposed to same-sex marriage then they should feel free to speak up. Their silence, though, and the fact that out-of-staters are running the campaign, speaks volumes.

Audrey the Liberal

September 25th, 2009

Because bearing false witness against ones bother is perfectly acceptable if said brother is a f–.

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