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Maine’s Gay Foes Drop Discriminatory Legislative Push

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Maine’s social conservatives lack two essential things: tenacity and backbone.

An initiative campaign to repeal Maine’s gay rights law and put in place roadblocks to gay marriages and adoptions is being abandoned, leaders of the campaign said Thursday.

“We’re pulling the plug,” said Michael Heath, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine. Heath said the evangelical group failed to attract voter, volunteer and financial support it needed to continue its campaign.

The group collected only a third of the 15,000 voters’ signatures it had set as a goal for primary election day June 10, said Heath. He added said that potential volunteers “don’t want to be aligned with bigotry and homophobia and hatred,” tags their opponents had applied to the initiative backers.

And why on earth would we do that?!

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jun 19, 2008
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  • 6 Comments
    • sam
      sam

      Color me not surprised. I’m sure all the lesbians in my hometown are overjoyed, though…

      Jun 19, 2008 at 4:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jesus christ
      Jesus christ

      Hooray for everybody in Maine, including my sister, and her husband! You stood up to the ignorant “Christian” right. It seems that “Christianity” is nothing more than the study of outdated, homosexual stereotypes. New England is cool!

      Jun 19, 2008 at 6:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fredo777
      fredo777

      Oh, Nelson.

      Your taunting fits so perfectly.

      Jun 19, 2008 at 6:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Super Cat
      Super Cat

      It’s so funny how people like to do stop pro-gay laws but don’t want to be labeled as bigots or homophobles. LGBT people get labeled all the time.
      I guess I can understand why they are against gay marraige and adoption, but is pretty hateful to try and remove sexual orientation from anti-discrimination law.

      Jun 19, 2008 at 8:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kevwyn
      kevwyn

      woohoo!love living in maine!The people of this state want nothing more than to treat thier neighbor with respect and dignity and a few years ago they understood more needed to be done to make sure thier friends and neighbors were protected.hopefully moving forward with this defeat maine will one day join its sister massachusetts in its progressive ways.

      Jun 20, 2008 at 12:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • chuck
      chuck

      Times, they are a changin’.

      Jun 20, 2008 at 2:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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