Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A bus tour that looks to "advance the cause of moral and fiscal responsibility" will hit Maine this weekend, starting at 4 p.m. Friday at the Moxie Fest in front of Lisbon High School.
The Family Research Council and The Heritage Foundation's Values Bus tour will support the Christian Civic League of Maine's efforts to defeat a November referendum to allow same-sex couples to marry.
In a statement, civic league Executive Director Carroll Conley said he cherishes "their support in protecting the wishes of the majority of Mainers who oppose redefining marriage. If the initiative to redefine marriage were to pass, there would be only one definition of marriage in Maine that would apply to everyone--with profound consequences for all of society."
A poll commissioned by MaineToday Media shows 57 percent of Mainers support gay marriage, with 35 percent opposed and 8 percent undecided.
After the Moxie Fest parade, the bus will roll on to Waldoboro on Saturday, where it will stop at Moon's Camper Sales. On Sunday, it's scheduled to be at Calvary Chapel in Orrington and the Fort Fairfield Potato Blossom Festival.Tweet
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