Maggie Gallagher, the president of the
National Organization for Marriage (NOM), said over the weekend she
was confident a gay marriage law up for a vote in Maine would be
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after introducing Carrie Prejean at the Value Voters Summit, the
3-day social conservative meet up sponsored by the anti-gay group
Family Research Council (FRC), Gallagher said her group would prevail
in Maine and that she loves the gay press.
“I love the gay press,” she said.
“I really am impressed with gay journalists, as a group. I like
reading the marriage issue in the gay press because they cover it as
if what happens matters, whereas if you read The New York Times,
it's always how this is going to affect who gets elected president.”
When asked about the upcoming November
vote on gay marriage in Maine, Gallagher insisted NOM and its partner
– the Catholic Diocese of Portland – would emerge victorious on
“I'm pretty confident that, as in
California, we're going to win,” she said. “We're in much better
shape in Maine that we were in California at a similar point. We
were ten points down on September 1, 2008 and we won. I saw a poll
yesterday that had us up two points in Maine.”
And she dismissed the ad in support of
gay marriage produced by the gay rights group Equality Maine.
“I think that ad is not very
effective,” she said. “I think that's a very soft-focus, nice,
pleasant ad, but I don't think it changed any minds one way or
another. If was them, I wouldn't be spending money there.”
NOM, of course, is the group behind a
widely parodied gay marriage ad that was released in the spring
titled Gathering Storm.