Marc Mutty, chairman of the successful Stand for Marriage Maine campaign, responds to a new movie trailer and resulting commentary that, he says, "served to mischaracterize my positions on same-sex marriage and on the Question 1 campaign". An excerpt:
First and foremost, let me say directly that I fully support the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman...
Second, this campaign was a long, painful process, made all the more difficult by the fact that the campaign staff and I were harassed and threatened repeatedly, to the point that I was concerned for the safety of my staff and our families.
Our computers were hacked, our campaign office was vandalized, death threats were made and our family members were shunned and verbally attacked.
Why? Simply because we worked on a campaign that presented a view, a majority view I might add, that marriage is between one man and one woman.
It was with this in mind that I said I would never do such a campaign again, knowing the toll it would take on my personal health, and on the well-being of my staff given the degree of antagonism that our position generated from some gay activists and their supporters.
... But in the end, to me, and to the majority of voters here and in 30 other states nationwide, the true definition of marriage is worth defending in law, despite the personal attacks and political invective that its supporters faced.