Bishop Richard Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland was there in Augusta last month testifying before legislators on the supposed dangers of legalizing same-sex marriage. Malone, who says his church supports domestic partnerships and “civil rights for all,” is now “deeply disappointed” by his state’s elected officials, who opted to become to become the nation’s fifth state to pass a new round of civil rights. Want to read his sorrow letter? Exceptional Mag:
I am deeply disappointed in the Maine Legislature and the Governor for making same sex-marriage legal in our state. 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. Marriage as we have known it for millennia has served as the cornerstone of society. The family, consisting of mother, father and children, has served throughout the ages as the natural place for the healthy development of children into well adjusted and productive citizens. 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thing, and that the logical and consistent understanding that marriage and reproduction are intrinsically linked is no longer valid. These are profound changes that will reverberate throughout society with tragic consequences.
And lest you think Portland’s diocese will be sitting out the next round:
The Catholic Diocese in Maine previously declared that it will work closely with a number of partners in bringing this issue to the voters this November.
“Although the details are still being worked out at this time, we can say with certainty that the Portland Diocese will play a lead role in organizing this petition drive to bring the issue before voters,” said Marc Mutty of the diocese, who has been working closely in the legislature on this bill. He went on to say that he expected a number of prominent national organizations dedicated to preserving marriage to assist Maine in its efforts to restore traditional marriage to its rightful place.