87-year old WWII vet “Becomes Face of Same Sex Marriage Campaign”

Last night, John posted the video of Phillip Spooner, an 87-year old WWII vet who testified at the hearing in support of the marriage equality bill. He’s the father of a gay son and wants his son to have full equality.
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That video has had over 322,000 410,000 views on YouTube. And, the great news is that the response to the video is pushing this story into the Maine traditional media. According to a local Portland t.v. station, Mr. Spooner has become the “Face of Same Sex Marriage Campaign”:

87-year-old Philip Spooner supports same sex marriage. The World War II veteran spoke in favor of same sex marriage at public hearing at the Augusta Civic Center last spring. The video of his speech is now an internet sensation – it has received thousands of hits from people all across the world. Spooner says he is a life-long Republican who believes gay and lesbians should have equal rights.

Love the guy.

Stand for Marriage, of course, disagrees with Mr. Spooner.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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