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Maine Marriage Update

Timothy Kincaid

July 22nd, 2009

According the the Family Research Council’s website, anti-marriage activists in Maine appear to have collected enough signatures to allow for an adequate buffer.

Mainers are sending a strong message to their elected officials, who voted in May to redefine marriage. Needing roughly 56,000 petition signatures to place a “People’s Veto” of this legislation on the November ballot, the pro-marriage coalition has exceeded all expectations by collecting over 90,000 and counting.

This does not appear, however, to be the total that has been collected and processed but rather those reported to the the anti-gay effort. We should know at the end of the month the actual number that is turned in.

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Christopher Waldrop
July 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Meanwhile the Connecticut Department of Children and Families has removed a part of its web site “describing a program to train care givers on the needs of homosexual young people”. And has removed links to gay-affirming churches, including the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian-Universalist Church.

All this is being done in response to a lawsuit by a religious group that claims that by offering training and links to gay-affirming churches the state is pushing religion.

http://www.wtic.com/pages/4809678.php?

Timothy Kincaid
July 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Christopher,

I believe that the state had no other links to other churches. So it probably was be a violation of religious protections to have churches listed only which have specific theology.

Christopher Waldrop
July 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Timothy,

That’s a fair point, but the state was also pressured to remove a description of sensitivity training for GLBT youths that had nothing to do with the churches. Just because it was a religious group that brought the lawsuit you shouldn’t overlook the fact that it is an obviously bigoted religious group.

Timothy Kincaid
July 23rd, 2009 | LINK

Indeed it is.

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