Last night a new poll from PPP showed that the fight to protect marriage in Maine will be incredibly close.
So without further ado I decided to hop a plane to Maine to help out the good folks who are working to defeat gay marriage by voting No on Question 1 (I’ll still be keeping up my other election-related blogging, don’t worry!).
If you live in Maine or know someone who does, please direct them to www.ProtectMarriageMaine.com to see how they can help in these last critical 72 hours.
Here’s the conclusion of a statement by the Catholic bishop in Maine, Rev. Richard Malone:
“…A Catholic whose conscience has been properly formed by scripture and Church teaching cannot justify a vote for a candidate or referendum question that opposes the teachings of the Church. The definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, open to the birth of children, is a matter of established Catholic doctrine. Any Catholic who supports a redefinition of marriage—or so called “same-sex marriage”—is unfaithful to Catholic doctrine. The group calling itself ‘Catholics for Marriage Equality’ does not speak for the Catholic Church, any more than does ‘Catholics for a Free Choice’, another dissident group that promotes so-called ‘abortion rights’. Faithful Catholics will give no credence to either.
Vote your faith on November 6.”
I believe that’s very straightforward (praise God!).
Meanwhile, this news just broke last night (via the National Organization for Marriage):
Gay marriage activists falsely claim time and time again that legalizing same sex-marriage won’t change what is taught to our children in school.
They should tell that to Kristy Howard, a mother in Maine whose child was taught about graphic homosexual foreplay during “Diversity Day” at Gorham Elementary and Middle School just last week.
“I don’t want my child taught heterosexual foreplay, let alone homosexual foreplay in school,” she said.
Watch local news cover the story here:
You can also watch a very informative video of three sisters in Maine sharing their experience of “tolerance” from the pro-gay marriage Maine lobby here.
Or check out this video by TFP Student Action showing one gay marriage activist after another destroying and removing our “NO on Question 1″ signs:
Or read this incredible letter to a Maine newspaper from a 14-year-old girl who was almost run over for sign-waving a “No on Question 1″ sign:
Recently our youth group, ages 7 to 17, felt called to take a stand for marriage, as traditionally defined by all previous generations. We decided that for the next four weekends we would hold signs along Payne Road in Scarborough, asking Mainers for their support.
We consulted the police and followed their safety recommendations. As we stood along the sidewalk, a tremendous number of people enthusiastically showed their support. But many of the opposition were extremely hostile.
On one occasion, a middle-aged man with children in the back seat of his SUV deliberately drove up onto the sidewalk. He was dangerously near the children as he continued accelerating, plowing over 15 of our marriage signs and covering a span of more than 100 feet. The little ones were very scared.
He pulled off only to avoid hitting a telephone pole, and we saw him laughing as he sped away. The police chased after him and when confronted, the man claimed that he was “distracted.” Thankfully, a nearby store captured the entire crime on video.
On another occasion, a car drove by and the passenger leaned out the window, exposing his private parts. I was embarrassed by this lack of decency.
We children endured people calling us names, throwing things at us and hundreds upon hundreds of people sticking up their middle fingers and screaming X-rated profanities. And they call us hateful people?
In the name of “tolerance,” I have been insulted, disrespected and bullied, simply because of my beliefs: that marriage is between a man and a woman and that children need both a mother and a father. In spite of all this, I am determined to continue exercising my First Amendment rights and standing up for the true meaning of marriage.
This is just a taste of what we are dealing with here. But with perseverance, the grace of God, and your help, we can score a victory for marriage here!
Please prayerfully consider what you can do to help us out.
Visiting Protect Marriage Maine is a great way to start.