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Fraudulent Maine Marriage Petitioners

Timothy Kincaid

June 23rd, 2009

Reports are coming in that some people collecting signatures in opposition to the new marriage law in Maine are doing so under false pretenses (Sun Journal):

Gerard Caron walked into the Auburn Post Office and was met by a woman with a pair of clipboards.

“This petition is against gay marriage and this other petition is to support gay marriage,” she said, according to Caron.

The Poland man said he asked her why there would be a petition to support something that already happened, referring to the petition “in support of” gay marriage.

“She just kinda gave me a little grin and didn’t say anything,” he said.

Then he looked at the two petitions and discovered they were identical, both were supporting the repeal of the same-sex marriage law, Caron said.

Although the Secretary of State thinks that collecting signatures under false pretenses is a “First Amendment issue”, I suspect that if it was shown that this is a widespread deception that a lawsuit claiming fraud could prevail. The language is adequately tricky that persons could reasonably be deceived into thinking they were signing a pro-marriage petition even after reading it.

I just think it is just another example in a long line of instances that illustrates the base immorality of those who will crawl through the gutter to demonstate just how Special They Are To God by denying civil equalities to others.



June 24th, 2009 | LINK

Fraud is hardly a “First Amendment issue.”

The Lauderdale
June 24th, 2009 | LINK

Where did this article go, anyway? I want to read it.

I googled a phrase from it and found other sites that picked it up, though, including this one at LexisNexis:

Timothy Kincaid
June 24th, 2009 | LINK

They appear to be converting to a new website. It looks like their archives haven’t made it over yet.

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