Maine Religious Leaders to Announce Support for Marriage Equality

Maine religious leaders will gather at press conferences in Portland and Bangor on Thursday, October 1, at 3:00 p.m. to endorse the NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign.

The Portland press conference will take place at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High Street.

Participants are:

* Rt. Rev. Steven T. Lane, IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
* Rev. David Gaewski, Executive Minister, Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC)
* Rev. Deborah Davis-Johnson, Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church (American Baptist)
* Rev. Don Rudalevige, Retired United Methodist Pastor and District Superintendent
* Anne Underwood, Founding Member, Catholics for Marriage Equality

The Bangor press conference will take place at the Hammond Street Congregational Church (UCC), 28 High Street.

Participants are:

* Rev. Kent Ulery, President, Bangor Theological Seminary (UCC)
* Rabbi Darah Lerner, Congregation Beth El (Reform)
* Rev. Susan Davies, Dean of Students and External Affairs, Bangor Theological Seminary (UCC)
* Rev. Becky Gunn, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor (UU)

The simultaneously occurring press conferences will allow leaders representing a broad spectrum of Maine’s religious communities to gather in unity to support and endorse NO on 1 and encourage Mainers to vote for fairness and equality.

No On 3 School Consolidation Statement

In a little over a month Mainers will head to the polls to vote on a number of issues. Questions 1 (same-sex marriage), 2 (excise taxes), and 4(TABOR II) have received a large amount of press.  Question 3 (repeal school consolidation) has been in the shadow of these other issues up until now.  Matthew Stone of the Kennebec Journal has brought the issue into the mainstream media light over the past few days.   I have contacted both No on 3 and Yes on 3 camps.  Both sides have been given an opportunity to make their cases on The Maine View.  Today we have a statement from No on 3.  Full statement after the cut. Continue reading

Should Maine Cut School Days to Cut Costs?

Maine is in a budget crunch. That isn’t news to anyone, including educators. Education takes the biggest slice of the pie (40% of the state budget), so it is sure to face cuts.  That isn’t news either.  With a $66 million budget gap on their minds, lawmakers gathered yesterday to discuss what cuts could be made to make ends meet.  “In all likelihood, we need to be prepared to bear a portion of the revenue shortfall,” said Education Commissioner Sue Gendron.  “I was clear with the superintendents — I don’t know how much that is, and that I’ve not been given direction as to what the target is.” One suggestion to cut costs has been school shutdown days.  Continue reading

Telephone Press Conference Tomorrow With Educators On Question 1

Educators and Legislatures will gather tomorrow to speak on same-sex marriage in Maine.  They will be available for a phone conference beginning at 4pm.  The purpose of the conference is to address myths and falsehoods surrounding same-sex marriage in Maine and our schools.  No On 1/Protect Maine Equality is hosting the event.  More information after the cut. Continue reading

The MEA Anti-TABOR Horror Show

A new anti-TABOR pdf has begun circulating around the web.  I came across the piece at Behind Blue Lines.  There have been a lot of editorials for and against TABOR lately.  This one is likely to draw a bit more attention then others.  This new anti-TABOR invokes some strong imagery.  You might think TABOR was the next Jason or Michael Meyers after reading this piece.  Where does this new anti-TABOR work come from?  The MEA Continue reading

Stephen Bowen Comments On School Shut Down Days

Stephen Bowen of the Maine Heritage Policy Center has a few things to say about Maine using school shut down days to trim down the education budget.  Mr. Bowen goes in-depth on alternatives to shut down days, school district consolidation, and teacher compensation.  Mr. Bowen’s full comments after the cut. Continue reading

Catholics for Marriage Equality Again Urges Support for NO on 1 to Protect Marriage Equality

Catholics for Marriage Equality are again spreading the message that not all Catholics are against same-sex marriage.  They are reaffirming their support today for No On 1/Protect Maine Equality.  C4ME is asking Catholics who support marriage equality to sign their petition and donate to the No On 1 campaign.  Links and full statement after the cut. Continue reading