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Bishop calls for donations to fight against Maine gay marriage

Bishop Richard MaloneMaine’s Catholic church continues to be active in the fight against same sex marriage.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has asked churches to take up a special second collection next weekend to support Stand For Marriage Maine, the group leading the effort to repeal Maine’s same sex marriage law.

Bishop Richard Malone also noted in his appeal that Stand For Marriage Maine would be holding a rally on Sunday, September 13 at the Augusta Civic Center, and those who want to attend must get free tickets through their church.

Maine’s gay marriage law was supposed to go into effect on September 12, but opponents collected enough petition signatures necessary to put the state law on the November ballot. With the signatures validated, Gov. John Baldacci, who supports gay marriage, last week signed a formal proclamation putting the gay marriage law to a statewide vote November 3.

Maine became the fifth state to allow same-sex marriage when Gov. Baldacci signed the bill on May 6, and New Hampshire became the sixth when Gov. John Lynch signed a bill less than a month later. New Hampshire’s law goes into effect on Jan. 1.

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