Edited to add the new overturning of the gay marriage ban in California!!! Yay!!
I'm not all that political, but I do try to follow things that will affect me and my partner. Micheal Heath is a man who potentially could have a big affect on us. He believes we do not and should not have the same basic rights as anyone else. I'm certainly not sure about what drives this man and the group he belongs to - the Christian Civic League of Maine - but the idea that some of the folks in our society are not as - important, deserving, worthy as anyone else, simply because of who they love is mind boggling to me.
Referendum aims to undo gay rights
April 09, 2008
AUGUSTA – Marriage would be limited to heterosexual couples and civil unions would be prohibited under a referendum being pursued by the Christian Civic League of Maine.
Under the proposed legislation, same-sex couples would not be allowed to adopt, sexual orientation would be removed from the Maine Human Rights Act and funding for the civil rights teams in the Attorney General’s Office would be eliminated.
Michael Heath, the organization’s executive director, initiated the process last week. The effort will need to gather 55,087 signatures – a figure equal to 10 percent of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election – within 18 months of the issuance of an approved petition by the Secretary of State.In 2005, voters supported a state law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation. In 1998 and 1990, voters had opposed gay-rights laws.