Religious Support & Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage

Sunday the 13th between 1,500 to 2,000 opponents of same-sex marriage in Maine will gather in Augusta.  Reverend Bob Emrich, Bishop Richard Malone, and other religious and social conservative leaders from around Maine and the U.S. are expected to attend.  “We want to show people they are not alone,” Rev. Emrich said. “It’s OK to stand for traditional marriage. There’s a common perception that you’re in the minority.”  Supporters of same-sex marriage are gathering religious support for their efforts as well.

The Unitarian Universalist Association President Reverend Peter Morales released a statement today pledging the UUA’s support for same-sex marriage in Maine.  Rev. Morales stated that marriage equality in Maine was in danger.  Rev. Morales called upon “supportive Mainers” to “reaffirm their commitment to fairness” by voting no on Question #1.

Rev. Morales:

I know that Unitarian Universalists in Maine will continue to be at the forefront of the struggle for equality. Commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of every person is at the core of Unitarian Universalism, and Unitarian Universalists in Maine have a strong history of support for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (BGLT) rights. In 1996, the Unitarian Universalist Association called for full legal recognition for same-sex couples nationwide, and our faith community has advocated in support of marriage equality ever since. We will continue this witness in Maine in the coming months.

Catholics across Maine have also come out in support of same-sex marriage.  Catholics for Marriage Equality have responded to the Catholic Diocese of Portland’s fundraising campaign to repeal same-sex marriage.  C4ME believe it is important pe0ople understand that all Catholics in Maine oppose marriage equality.  They are urging parishioners who disagree with the Catholic Diocese to place a note on their collection envelops asking their money not be donated to organizations seeking to repeal same-sex marriage. C4Me is also circulating a petition affirming the Church’s right to define marriage for its members but that civil marriage should be defined by the state.

Catholics for Marraige Equality:

C4ME exists to give hope to those who are hurt and angry because of our bishop’s determination to overturn the legislature’s passage of marriage equality.  We will disseminate information that is truthful and respectful stating why marriage equality is a matter of civil rights and social justice that Catholics are free to support—indeed, may feel compelled to support as a matter of social conscience and responsible citizenship.

No on 1 will be holding a community conversation in Augusta on Sunday the 13th


One Response

  1. First, it must be remember that the importance and meaning of marriage is more than procreation. Two people pledging their love to each other is not just for themselves, because that is not marriage. By being in love, two become one and they are better equip to be the best for everyone in world their families, friends, co-workers and beyond. In this way all marriages are contributing to the procreation of children by their enriching the social environment that children will be born into. I think that love; true love like energy is never lost, a bit like Einstein, maybe.

    Second, I wrote a comment to a news article in the Bangor Daily News 9/28/09 about Maine’s Catholic Bishop Malone’s antigay statement, in support of Marriage Equality and challenging the his ignorance about human sexuality and the bible. It may help support Marriage Equality from the lack of education on the truth of human sexuality and the bible.

    “…Same-sex marriage is a dangerous sociological experiment that many of us believe will have negative consequences for society as a whole,” said [Bishop] Malone in the message, according to the Bangor Daily News. “Children need the love of a mother and a father.”

    This statement is cruel and untrue. People against Marriage Equality do not base their public statements on facts either from science or the bible. It is a repeat of the time the Vatican was condemning Galileo, because they insisted that Galileo was going against the bible that it is the sun that revolves around the earth.

    With all due respect, it is without a question that Bishop Malone would not be able to pass graduate course exams on human sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity or biblical studies. Prove me wrong!!!

    And if Bishop Malone cannot pass these exams today, than before God he needs to publically retract what he said against Marriage Equality. If not, then Bishop Malone needs to go back to the seminary to study moral theology.

    I think Marriage Equality is bringing the LGBT population to a healthy state mind and well-being, where it belongs. I think in truth and soon more significantly by research we are going to find that the general population is more LGBT as a whole, than not.

    I say this from being a bartender, priest, pastor, psychologist and now an activist of the LGBTI people. My life has always been surrounded by a diversity of people. Researchers show us that components of human sexuality are on continuums. This means that nearly everyone is a mixture of LGBT components to some degree.

    And the harsh ignorant antiLGBTI social and religious norms just keeps us separated from one another because of what we cannot accept in our themselves.

    Educating people about the complexities that make up human sexuality that each person is a unique mixture of components of LGBTI, it will, for one, increase the human potential in the world by leaps and bounds, finding cures of all kinds of diseases and much more.

    The best thing to do for the well-being and safety of all children would be if people against Marriage Equality spent their money to academically study human sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity and the bible. This is what children need the truth. People speaking out on such life and death issues should not speak out of ignorance and fear, thus spreading hatred and violence that indiscriminately is severely harmful to all children.

    The truth will set you free – not ignorance and fear.

    With all best wishes,

    Fr. Marty Kurylowicz

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