Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Traditional marriage has never lost on the ballot in any state. We expect it to prevail in Maine.”

Back in May, Maine, legislators passed and the governor signed LD 1020, attempting to legalize counterfeit "marriage." But Maine gives the people a chance to have their say. Opponents of counterfeit "marriage" had a 90 day window to gather 55,000 signatures to put LD 1020 to a "people's veto", which means the measure is put on hold once the signatures are collected and certified. The measure will then be put on the ballot in November. We can help by contributing to: Stand for Marriage Maine

When LD 1020 passed, the Archdiocese of Portland, Maine said:

"We believe that the vast majority of Maine's people believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and that calling same-sex relationships marriage doesn't make them so...."

Yep! and:

"Same-sex marriage is a dangerous sociological experiment that I believe will have negative consequences for society as a whole. Children will be taught in schools that same-sex marriage and traditional marriage are simply different expressions of the same thing, and that the logical and consistent understanding that marriage and reproduction are intrinsically linked is no longer valid." - Bishop Richard Malone.

Yesterday's Catholic News Agency reported on the repeal effort:

“In just four weeks, we've gathered more than 55,000 signatures from Mainers who believe they, not the legislature and governor, should have the final say on the definition of marriage," said Marc Mutty, chairman of the coalition supporting the ballot proposal and Public Affairs Director for the Catholic Diocese of Portland.

“There has been an extraordinary outpouring of support from voters across the state. This response gives us momentum that will lift us over the first hurdle of putting the issue before the people and, ultimately, carry us to victory in November.”

Bob Embrich, an executive committee member of Stand for Marriage Maine and founder of the Maine Jeremiah Project, said the speed with which the signatures were gathered suggested that Maine citizens want to restore marriage “to its historical and time-honored definition as between a man and a woman.”

“We look forward to submitting the measure for certification and engaging Mainers in a vigorous defense of marriage.

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