VIDEO: Belinda Carlyle supports her gay son’s right to marriage equality in Maine

Belinda Carlisle has posted a video to her gay son James Duke Mason’s YouTube account – asking people to donate to the Protect Maine Equality campaign.

Mason’s a writer – contributing to the LA-based magazine Frontiers. His bio from the magazine says: “After working as a volunteer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and being appointed to serve as a page in the U.S. Congress, Mason decided he should turn his energy and enthusiasm to spreading a message of pride within the LGBT community.”

NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality has collected $2.7 million for its campaign against a ballot proposal to repeal marriage equality, more than double the amount the measure’s supporters said they raised.

In career news, Belinda’s website says she has recently joined the U.K. cast of Hairspray. Her first performance is October 26. In the musical, Belinda plays Velma von Tussle – the glamorous white supremacist and controller of the local TV station, who is out to thwart Tracy’s plans to unite the community. The pop icon has also recorded new material, which will be released in 2010.


VIDEO: Marriage equality ad features Catholic mom

USNews.com reports on a new ad opposing a Maine ballot initiative that would reverse the recent legalization of marriage equality in the state.

It features a Roman Catholic mom. “I’ve been a Catholic all my life. My faith means a lot to me,” she says, as her son, his male partner, and their son sit nearby. “Marriage to me is a great institution that works, and it’s what I want for my children, too.”

The conservative Catholic group CatholicVoteAction.org today is calling for the ad to come down. Here’s part of a statement the group just sent out:

CatholicVoteAction.org President Brian Burch said, “For decades gay and lesbian groups have attacked the Catholic Church for refusing to accept their skewed views on human sexuality and marriage. Having lost that battle, they have now launched this desperate and despicable attempt to curry favor with Catholics by pretending that the Catholic faith supports their radical agenda.”

The AP’s Glenn Adams reports:

“Supporters of Maine’s gay marriage law said Tuesday they’ve collected $2.7 million for their campaign against a ballot proposal to repeal it, more than double the amount the measure’s supporters said they raised. The group, called NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality, also reported that it has spent $2.2 million on its campaign to preserve the law. Meanwhile, Stand for Marriage Maine, which petitioned to get the repeal measure on the ballot, reported it had collected $1.1 million and spent more than $941,000 on its campaign. The group also said it has debts of more than $419,000. No on 1 reported no debts. The figures were disclosed in campaign finance reports that were due to the state Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices Tuesday night.”