Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry to Hold Interfaith Candlelight Vigils

Portland, Maine (Sunday, November 1, 2009) — This weekend, faith leaders from the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine, will hold interfaith candlelight vigils in communities across the state to remind people of all faiths to vote NO on Question 1.

“We will gather in candlelight this weekend to pray that the law granting the right, gift, and responsibility of marriage for all residents of the State of Maine will be upheld at the polls this Tuesday,” said Rev. Emily Gibson of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Brewer.  “As people of faith, we declare that there are no second class citizens in the eyes of God, and that the rights many of us take for granted as married people belong to all couples who wish to make a lifelong commitment.”

Vigils will be held in Brewer, Machias, Augusta, Auburn, Norway – South Paris, Brunswick, Portland and Kennebunk.  Information on specific dates, times and locations is below.

Representing 18 faith traditions, the diverse coalition of active and retired clergy, believes that only marriage equality confers the full protections and dignity all Maine families.   The coalition has held discussions on marriage equality in the context of their faith traditions, invited guest pastors to speak, and hosted phonebanks.

“Believing that our faith calls us to stand on the side of love, many members of Maine’s religious communities strongly support marriage equality.  This weekend, we join together in bearing public witness to our support of a NO vote on Question 1,” said Rev. Jodi Cohen Hayashida of the First Universalist Church of Auburn.

VIGILS WILL BE HELD:

Sunday, November 1:

Brewer, from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 21 Holyoke Street;

Machias, at 5:00 PM, at Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 9 Center Street;

Augusta, from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 69 Winthrop Street;

Auburn, from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, at the First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant Street on the Spring Street Lawn;

Brunswick, from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, on the Brunswick Mall, Maine Street;

Portland, from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, at the Williston-West Church, United Church of Christ, 32 Thomas Street;

Kennebunk, from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main Street.

 

NO on 1 Calls Out Admitted Misrepresentation in Political Ads

Portland, Maine (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)— Jesse Connolly, campaign manager for NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality called on Mark Mutty, the Question 1 campaign manager, to stop advertising false statements that even Mutty concedes have misled Maine voters.  In addition, Connolly called on Mutty to “rein in his supporters and end the anti-gay attacks” that have run in local newspapers and faxed anonymously to offices and homes across Maine. Continue reading

No on 1 Calls for An End to Distortions and Attacks

Speaker Hannah Pingree and former Maine Attorney General Jim Tierney joined together at No on 1 today.  They spoke refuting the education claims made by Yes on 1, as well as other worries.  Speaker Pingree also defended the process by which AG Mills answered Ed Commissioner Susan Gendron’s questions about LD 1020 and education.  “The commissioner did the right thing by seeking an opinion from Maine’s top legal officer on these non-stop claims,” said Speaker Pingree.  “But when they didn’t get the answer they wanted, the Question 1 campaign attacked the messenger rather than finally acknowledging the inaccuracy and harm caused by this non-ending barrage.”  I admire Speaker Pingree and former AG Tierney for coming to the defense of same-sex marriage, but you can be sure that those opposed to same-sex marriage in Maine will say they too are just part of some bigger scheme.  Again, I appreciate their work, but misinformation and speculative “facts” aside, I would imagine most people have made up their minds at this point.  You are either are going to vote yes or no and are pretty solid on that decision.  I think that will be the last I’ve say on this issue, which I’ve decided literally as I type this.  You know how you are going to vote.  If I haven’t changed your mind yet, I wont.  I’ll still post releases from No on 1, but I think I’ve made my case.  See you at the polls. Continue reading

Town Officials Speak Out in Opposition to Question 1

Town officials met in Bangor today in support of No on 1.  They reiterated yet again that LD 1020 will end discrimination in civil marriage and continue protecting religious freedoms.  The officials representing communities in several eastern and central Maine counties.  The officials, some of whom were former school board members, reiterated that there is nothing in LD 1020 that would impact what is taught in public education.  “I also taught Sunday School at Hancock Congregational Church for many years.  Teaching about marriage and moral values belongs rightly in church and in the home.”, said one speaker.  Read the full statement after the cut. Continue reading

AG Mills Debunks Education And LD 1020 Myths

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has just released her assessment of how LD 1020 (the same-sex marriage law) will impact Maine public school curricula.  AG Mills has gone over Maine laws related to education with a fine toothed comb looking if they have even the slightest mention of teaching about marriage of any sort in public schools.  It should be no surprise that her search turned up nothing.  So why should we believe that same-sex marriage will suddenly be forced upon our children in public school?  We shouldn’t.  Continue reading

Women’s and Children’s Groups Support No on 1

No on 1 has received more endorsements from Maine women’s and children’s groups today.  Several groups including the Maine Women’s Lobby, Maine National Organization for Women, Family Planning Association of Maine, and Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence were just a few who urged Mainers to vote no on question one.  Read the full release from No on 1 and statements from some of the supporting organizations after the cut. Continue reading

350 Maine Lawyers Support No on 1

The campaign against same-sex marriage is becoming unraveled.  Nearly every single argument that has been publicly made in favor of a Yes vote on Question 1 has been refuted.  The claims of rising lawsuits, loss of tax exemptions, and same-sex marriage being forced on school children have all been proven wrong many times over.  (Check out my archives, Dirigo Blue, Maine Politics, Bill Nemitz, and numerous news paper Op/Eds for proof)  If you can’t see that the claims made by Yes on 1 are completely false the you just don’t want to.  Today over 350 lawyers from all over Maine have come together to urge voters to vote No on 1.  The lawyers have called the S4MM ads “blatant distortions of the law” and break down once and for all legally breakdown what LD 1020 will and wont do.  Read the full statement after the cut.  Continue reading

Separating Same-Sex Marriage Fact From Fiction

Earlier, Dirigo Blue posted part of a Bangor Daily News editorial on Question 1.  The post contained a piece of the Op/Ed which addressed the claim by Yes on 1 that gay marriage will be forced to be taught to children in Maine schools if the people’s veto fails.  Those claims are false, as the Op/Ed points out.  You can read the excerpt from Dirigo Blue here.  The Op/Ed goes on to question more of the validity of the Yes on 1 claims.  It is important here to separate fact from speculations and outright falsehoods.  The remainder of Op/Ed will appear after the cut.  Continue reading

Weekly Blog Round-Up: Referendum Questions, Portland GOP, & More

A  round-up of stories published Sept 27th – Oct 3rd at The Maine View and from other Maine blogs. Continue reading

Faith Leaders Support Equality, Call for NO on 1 in November

Religious leaders from various faiths gathered simultaneously today in both Portland and Bangor.  The Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine (RCFMM from now on) sought to spread the message that all Maine families ought to be treated equally under the law.  The RCFMM, which represented 18 faith traditions, pledged it’s support for No on 1/Protect Maine Equality.  Full statement after the cut. Continue reading

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