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Cross posted at Dirigo Blue

I'll guess that Stand for Marriage Maine (S4MM) already had the ad buy in place, and that despite yesterday's ruling from AG Janet Mills that LD 1020 has nothing to do with Maine's schools, Frank Schubert et. al. decided to run it anyway.

And why not - it really is the only argument they have, one that never has been supported by facts:

There's more:

Again, Maine's equal marriage law does not affect the standards set by the Maine Department of Education. Local school boards determine whether marriage - be it between straight or gay couples - is taught in school, or not. Some schools in Maine already teach about same-sex marriage - before LD 1020 was passed this spring.

And it happens that Jen Cyr teaches at the same private Christian school that Charla Bansley, featured in a previous ad, does.

Of course, most 8th graders have questions about sex - their hormones are raging as they enter puberty. It is natural for them to want to know about it, and in some cases, these kids are interested in homosexuality - it happens, as Benoit Denetiz-Lewis, writing in the NYTimes Magazine a few weeks back, made clear in coming out in middle school

Update: This is really just so over the top that it's beyond belief. In an email, Marc Mutty states:

Our most recent ad, called "Give Me A Break," uses a teacher's very own words to prove our point even more dramatically. National Public Radio interviewed Deb Allen, a Massachusetts sex education teacher, on the topic of how some teachers have responded to the teaching of sex education following the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts.

That's right - the teacher cited in the NPR interviewed in the ad is a sex ed teacher. No wonder she answers questions about gay sex "thoroughly and explicitly" - it's her job to do so.

Originally posted to Dirigo Blue on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 08:51 AM PDT.

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