Monday August 06, 2012 | 02:05 PM

U.S. Senate candidate Cynthia Dill, a Democrat from Cape Elizabeth, is holding a news conference and rally Wednesday to show her support for same-sex marriage.

In particular, Dill will applaud the Democratic Party's decision to include a plank in the national platform that's supportive of same-sex marriage, according to a release from her campaign. Dill is expected to be joined by former Maine House Authority Director Dale McCormick and state Sen. Phil Bartlett, D-Gorham.

In a statement, Dill, an attorney, said the stance by the national party is a "critical piece of civil rights language."

"It represents, in stark relief, the core values that separate the Democratic Party from other political groups," she said. "We, as a national party, believe in civil rights and we fight for civil rights. No qualifiers."

A second gay-marriage related email came in today from Protect Marriage Maine, which is warning Mainers that if gay marriage is approved in November, those who disagree with it will be made to feel uncomfortable.

"Once the definition of marriage is changed, the government will come after anyone who refuses to go along," said Bob Emrich, chairman of the group.

The group cites recent quotes from mayors in Boston, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco, who have all made various statements opposing the position taken by Chick-fil-A's CEO, who said he supports the traditional definition of marriage.

And Mainers United for Marriage put out a press release today touting the arrival in Maine of Richard Carey, a 53-year-old who is on a cross-country bike ride to raise funds and support for gay marriage.

Carey, who has covered more than 3,600 miles, is expected to hit Portland by 1 p.m. Tuesday.


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