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NOM Pres. Predicts End of Maine Gay Marriage


Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, said on Friday that she believed gay rights opponents would succeed in their effort to overturn the marriage equality law in Maine.

Gallagher spoke with David Weigel of The Washington Independent at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., where she introduced former Miss California and summit speaker Carrie Prejean.

"I'm pretty confident that, as in California, we're going to win," said Gallagher, according to The Washington Independent. "We're in much better shape in Maine than we were in California at a similar point. We were 10 points down on September 1, 2008, and we won. I saw a poll yesterday that had us up two points in Maine."

Last week, a Research 2000/Daily Kos poll showed overall support for the measure to overturn marriage equality, known as Question 1, slightly in the lead, with potentially decisive percentages of respondents saying they were unsure how they will vote in November.

Gallagher also took the opportunity to dig at the first television advertisement in support of marriage equality, released by the group Equality Maine last month.

"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 I was them, I wouldn't be spending money there."

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