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Via Andrew Sullivan, here’s a sample of the pro-marriage (left) and anti-marriage (right) ads running in Maine right now.  Reminds me of California 11 months ago: generally bright and positive from the pro side, dark and fearmongering from the anti side.  Note especially the almost comically menacing musing from the anti folks.

Of course, as we all know, fear sells: the anti side won in California.  But not by much!  Only by a couple of points, and I remain convinced that if Barack Obama had been willing to step in a little more forcefully he might have turned things around.  I understand his reluctance to address hot button cultural issues until he gets most of his legislative agenda through Congress this year, but justice is justice.  He ought to speak up on this.

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