Opponents of a marriage equality referendum that would allow Maine voters to reverse their 2009 decision and legalize same-sex marriage when the issue is again considered at the ballot box later this year, have launched a “No Special Rights PAC,” encouraging supporters to use the term “sodomy-based marriage.”
Anti-gay conservatives Paul Madore and Mike Heath — who have actively opposed gay rights and gay marriage initiatives in Maine for nearly 20 years — launched their PAC to oppose the marriage equality referendum.
And on Monday they took their first action, interrupting the start of Pride Week at the University of Maine to distribute a “truth pledge,” which refers to the ballot initiative as promoting “sodomy-based marriage” and asks supporters to pray that God rids the state and country of the “demonic force” of homosexuality, reported Zack Ford at Think Progress.
Among the pledge’s speaking points are:
- Go to the polls and vote NO on Sodomy Based Marriage in November.
- Use the term “Sodomy Based Marriage” and avoid the deceptive terms “same sex or gay marriage.”
- Inform my friends and neighbors that the term “same sex marriage” contains two contradictory terms, and is therefore, illogical, false, and absurd.
- Marriage is a Covenant that is entered into between two people and is based on a difference in gender; and there can be no moral or legal right to a practice which defies logic, common sense, and the Natural Law itself.
- Oppose the introduction of homosexual indoctrination into the curricula of our schools.
- Pray that God will deliver our State and Country from this attack by demonic force, and that marriage between man and woman will be restored to its rightful place of honor, to the glory of Almighty God.
Madore said he opposes legalizing same-sex marriage because he considers it an attack on religious liberties, and that homosexuality represents a “culture of death” because of its links to AIDS and because it “doesn’t bring forth life.”
Recent polling suggests Maine voters are likely to support the marriage equality initiative when they vote on the measure in November.
Last week, the Maine People’s Resource Center released the results of a new public opinion poll of likely Maine 2012 voters, which shows support for marriage equality has increased to 58 percent, with opposition about 40 percent.
That number is up slightly from a Public Policy Polling (PPP) report earlier in March that indicated 54 percent of voters supported legalizing same-sex marriage.