Sunday, October 18, 2009

Marriage in Maine: 'It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle'

With only 2 weeks left before Maine voters go to the polls to decide Question 1, Maine's defense of marriage act, the issue is going down to the wire. But the supporters of natural marriage are being outspent by more than two to one. Here's an October 15 statement from Marc Mutty, the Campaign Chair of Stand for Marriage Maine:

“Today’s financial reports reveal a disturbing, but unsurprising reality. Our opponents, while claiming to be the home-grown, locally supported campaign, have amassed from virtually every state in the nation a campaign fortune of more than $2 million to destroy traditional marriage in Maine.

“They don’t want to defend the teaching of homosexual marriage to young children in public schools, so they are spending millions to try to deny and deny. They don’t want to talk about individuals, small businesses and religious groups being sued for refusing to support homosexual marriage, so they are spending millions to calls us liars. And they don’t want to explain to voters why the law they sponsored and advocated strips from Maine’s marriage statutes the interests of nurturing children, so they are spending millions making the oxymoronic claim that we are trying to “harm children.”

“We have been outspent approximately $2.6 million to $1.1 million, yet the fate of Question 1 is too close to call. That goes to show that even with millions of dollars pouring in from well-heeled political elite, gay activists in Hollywood, New York, Massachusetts, or the democratic political machine, Act Blue, our messages of truthful consequences of erasing the definition of traditional marriage is resonating with Mainers."

Bill May, from California's “Catholics from the Common Good" agrees:

"Equality California and national gay rights organizations are pouring paid staff, volunteers and almost unlimited financial resources into the state. They have mobilized volunteers around the country to make phone calls into Maine to contact every voter... The people of Maine need your help. In the words of Pope John Paul II in his apostolic exhortation to the laity, 'It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle' with the current state of affairs. "

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