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.
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