New ‘Yes’ on 1 Ad: Civil Unions Are Not Enough
From the accompanying press release:
Mainers United for Marriage has released a new statewide TV ad featuring Catharine and Phil Curtis of Biddeford.
In the 30-second ad, Catharine and Phil talk about their youngest daughter, who is a lesbian, and why civil unions and alternative forms of relationship recognition are not enough.
The ad started on cable on Tuesday and on broadcast networks today.
“Opponents of the freedom to marry continue to wrongly argue that domestic partnerships or civil unions are a legitimate substitute for marriage. They are not,” said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage. “The word ‘marriage’ carries profound personal meaning for the couples and for others who instantly grasp its significance. Everyone knows what it means to be ‘married’ legally. In our new ad, Phil and Catharine explain what it means to their family.”
Maine does not have civil unions. Maine has a domestic partnership registry, which can provide very limited protection for same-sex couples in matters of probate, for example.
Catharine: “We’ve been married for almost 52 years.”
Phil: “She’s the most important person in my life. We have three daughters. Our youngest, Catie, is gay.”
Catharine: “People will ask: ‘Why wouldn’t a civil union be enough for her?’ When we were young, we never dreamed about having a civil union or signing a piece of paper. We wanted to be married.”
Phil: “I want our Catie to have what we have: The joy and security of marriage.”
Catharine: “A civil union is no substitute for marriage. We know that in our hearts.”