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  •  I have to say, it does feel kind of good to hear (3+ / 0-)

    activists for other causes running around trying to figure out how we did it. Of course, part of the success of our movement is that we are a civil rights movement, not an "activist" movement for one thing or another. It's harder to use our tactics when your cause is narrow or your demographic is narrow.

    Here's an example: Maine. Originally, back in '09, organizers and national groups here ran lots of ads featuring extremely white, mostly male and very suburban gay families. It didn't work.

    Fast forward to last year: the media thrust from our side was more diverse in gender, race, class and age than it had been in '09. I strongly believe that helped make a difference. Instead a a picture of a couple of clones with a blonde headed kid, they had crusty old fishermen talking about how proud they are of their Lesbian daughter, or Gay son, or transgendered granddaughter and their families. But you know, sometimes you learn by losing. Thank God we did.

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