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GOP lawmaker cites deceased gay brother as he fights same-sex marriage

Monday, November 5, 2012

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Republican state lawmaker in Maine urged voters to reject the marriage equality ballot initiative while invoking the memory of his deceased gay brother, who was in a 25+ year relationship with his partner.

David Johnson

In a statement posted to the anti-gay “Protect Marriage Maine” website, State Rep. David Johnson, (R-Eddington), wrote:

“I miss my brother and stay in contact with his partner because I love them both and know many other gay couples and love them dearly as well. The fact remains that God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman, and we have no right to redefine marriage.

It has taken me a while, but I have finally figured out that God’s plan is better than man’s plan in all aspects of life. He constructed marriage this way for a reason. Numerous studies confirm this, showing that kids do much better when raised by their married mother and father.

“On Tuesday, we will decide between affirming God’s plan for marriage, or seeking our own route. Please join me in voting no on Question 1, after all our Nation’s motto is still, ‘In God we trust.’”

Johnson’s brother died in April following a two-year battle with cancer.

On Friday, Public Policy Polling released its final poll on the Maine marriage equality initiative, and also said the measure is leading for passage by a 52-45 margin, numbers virtually unchanged from 52-44 in its last survey.

Maine’s is the first and so-far only ballot initiative brought by petition to approve the same-sex marriage; similar ballot initiatives in Maryland and Washington state were brought about by petition drives in an effort to reject marriage equality laws enacted by their state legislatures earlier this year.

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  1. That man truly has no soul.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:33pm
  2. Wow…

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:36pm
  3. What a jackass

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:36pm
  4. REALLY SAD :( wow. in tears how horrible “family” are thats why family is not always “blood” or genetic relationship… Typical Republican mentality, have to make everyone else “miserable” like them!

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:36pm
  5. What a dick.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:38pm
  6. duche

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:39pm
  7. Fck him and his ignorance…

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:40pm
  8. bull$#1T!

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:43pm
  9. What a dick… Nice way to remember your brother asshole

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:44pm
  10. since when do you decide who marriage should be between?? marriage should be between two people who love each other. gender shouldn’t make a damn difference. that’s for sure.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:46pm
  11. Someone’s gonna get haunted

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:47pm
  12. hmm wow he put an god over his own fresh and blood what an sad man. Here the thing he don’t realize his god love all of creations. women men children nature they’re equals. an creator don’t just pick favorites and punish nor destroy what he don’t like. that more evil then holy. so I don’t believe marriage was created for just male and female. Its created two people who love and care each other. don’t matter if they’re both men or both women what should matter is that they love each other and can be happy together. being homosexual or not don’t make you an bad or good person it actions that matters now what they like or dislike. To me equality isn’t limited to one group but to everyone. to me everything in this universe women men black white are equals

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:48pm
  13. I think he never loved his brothers at all other wise he’ll honor his memory and wish by letting those of the same sex married if they want to. he just an idiotic jerk nothing more nothing less

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:50pm
  14. -_-

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:01pm
  15. Any bets and guess on Texas passing, we need to go to work family!

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:01pm
  16. Maybe in another couple of years superstitious douchebags will realize their delusions have no place in politics.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:06pm
  17. Oops. Meant couple hundred of years.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:06pm
  18. He did not “unconditionally love” his brother and so, he’s lying. He doesn’t actually love his late brother’s husband in a godly way (unconditionally) either.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:11pm
  19. uugghh I stay in contact so I can reassure my brother-not-in-law that I am vastly superior in God’s eye

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:32pm
  20. You forget he’s a republican and you know what a republican is.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 8:42pm
  21. This guy is ignorant, despicable and shallow. And he probably eats shell fish and wears mixed fibres! The tradition from which what we now see as marriage descended is nothing to be particularly proud of.

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:31pm
  22. I believe this man is sincere…sincerely misguided, in any case. He’s basically saying God’s plan lacks common sense, empathy, and moral discernment. How could God’s plan, if he is good and just and sane, be any of those things? I mean, is he really using God’s plan>man’s plan as justification of robbing others of the right to marry who they love?

    Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9:45pm
  23. Some people are just so unfair on this subject when marriage is equal for everyone. SS marriage is no different to a straight one.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:29am