Got this press release from No On 1’s communication director, Mark Sullivan, awhile ago.
S4MM has now suddenly decided not to hold its event featuring Tony Perkins, a video address from Daddy Dobson and others in private and instead reversed its earlier decision by inviting the media to meet with them at 4pm today.
They still will NOT allow their shindig to be open to the public, but at least local media can peek in at them and ask a few quick questions before they are booted out of the Augusta Civic Center.
Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine to Respond to Marriage Equality Opponents’ Rally at the Augusta Civic Center
NO on 1 to host first of a statewide series of “community conversations” at 6:30 p.m. TONIGHT at South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta
Portland, Maine (Sunday, September 13, 2009)—
Representatives of the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine (SFMM) will be available at the Augusta Civic Center this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. to respond to the media availability by speakers at Stand for Marriage Maine Rally later this evening.
The NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign also announced that it will hold the first of a series of “community conversations” around the state this evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street in Augusta. The purpose of these community conversations is to engage Mainers on this important question of fairness and equality.
“We have challenged the sponsors of tonight’s rally to open it to the Maine media and the general public, as our community conversation will be this evening in Augusta” said NO on 1 campaign manager Jesse Connolly.
“Their 4:00 p.m. ‘media availability’ is the only opportunity Maine media will have to question the speakers SFMM has flown in from out of state to oppose the marriage equality rights of loving Maine couples and families. We are grateful to the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry for speaking out today to show that thousands of Maine people of faith and their leaders support marriage equality and will vote no on November 3rd.”
Who: Members of the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine
What: Response to Speakers at Rally to Oppose Marriage Equality
Where: Second Floor of the North Wing of the Augusta Civic Center, Hallway Outside of the Maine Lounge
When: 4:00 p.m. TODAY (Sunday, September 13, 2009)
Who: NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality
What: Community Conversation on Marriage Equality
Where: South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street, Augusta
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. TODAY (Sunday, September 13, 2009)
More later, peeps!