Tuesday April 24, 2012 | 11:29 AM

Following Monday's announcement that the National Organization for Marriage and the Christian Civic League have formed a political action committee to fight gay marriage, two other opponents of the ballot question are challenging the CCL's claim that they will "lead the campaign."

Maine's No Special Rights PAC, which is soon to be formed by former civic league executive director Michael Heath and Paul Madore of Lewiston, put out a blistering statement today criticizing NOM and the civic league.

In particular, they criticized Bob Emrich, chairman of the Protect Marriage Maine PAC.

"Mike Heath couldn't help observe the irony in Emrich's promise to organize the entire community of faith," the press release reads. "In 2009, he refused to work with Heath claiming that Heath couldn't be trusted."

Then there's a quote from Heath: "He'll work with Maine's Muslims but not with us? he said. "While we are eager to work with anyone who will fight sodomy based 'marriage' -- including Muslims -- we wonder why Rev. Emrich willfully excludes us."

Emrich and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland teamed up to lead the successful campaign to defeat gay marriage at the ballot box three years ago. Heath was shut out of the effort, and left the civic league before the November vote.

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