October 9, 2012
By Jacob Combs
The Maryland Marriage Alliance, which is opposing Question 6, the ballot initiative that would bring full marriage equality to Maryland, released its first ad of the campaign season yesterday. Called “Marriage Is More,” the ad features the following voiceover (via Towleroad):
“Marriage, the union of a man and a woman, has served society well for thousands of years. Marriage is more than what adults want for themselves. It’s also about the next generation. Marriage provides children the best chance of being raised by a mother and father. While death and divorce too often prevent it, children do best when raised by their married mom and dad. Everyone is entitled to love and respect, but nobody is entitled to redefine marriage. Vote against Question 6.”
Over at Good As You, Jeremy Hooper has a great wry post called “How to make a Maryland marriage ad (in 8 easy stock video purchases), showing that the great majority of the clips in the ad come from the stock photo and video site iStockphoto. Not too much creativity at the Marriage Alliance, apparently.
Marylanders for Marriage Equality, the group campaigning to pass Question 6 (in terms of precise ballot language, it’s a vote FOR Question 6 that is a vote for marriage equality), plans to air its first ad on local TV stations tomorrow. The campaign has purchased over $550,000 of ad time in Baltimore and D.C. stations from now until election day.
“We’ve seen the polls tightening in the public numbers over the last week,” Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign director Josh Levin told the Washington Blade. “That’s why it’s so important for us to get out on the air and get the message out there. We need to get the message to as many people as possible. That’s what we’ve been asking our supporters to do.”
A Baltimore Sun poll released on September 29 showed 49 percent support for Question 6 and 39 percent opposition. Another poll, conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies and released just a few days before the Sun poll, showed 51 percent support for the marriage equality measure and 43 percent opposition, with six percent undecided.
At an October fundraiser in D.C., Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who supports Question 6, said that the campaign still needs to raise $1 million before election day. That’s a significant improvement from what he told bloggers and reporters during a September 24 conference call (which I attended), when the number was $2 million.
You can watch the Maryland Marriage Alliance’s anti-Question 6 video below.
Once you’ve done that, take a look at this great new video out of Minnesota from the marriage equality website The Four 2012.