Thursday August 16, 2012 | 05:05 PM

Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, issued a statement today in response to Wednesday's shooting at the Family Research Council in Washington DC.

A man who allegedly said he didn't like the conservative politics of the group shot and injured a security guard. Today, Floyd Lee Corkins, 28, was charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, according to the Washington Post.

Here's Conley's statement in full:

"I've been to the FRC building in Washington D.C., several times in the last two years. I've met the security guard who was shot yesterday, and we are so thankful Leo was not seriously injured. No doubt, he is a hero.


Unfortunately, as shocking as yesterday's shooting was it did not come as a total surprise. The FRC building was clearly targeted because of its support for traditional marriage.


When individuals and organizations who oppose the redefinition of marriage are constantly and recklessly referred to as hate groups or bigots, this senseless violence will continue.


Even though we as citizens may passionately disagree on the redefinition of marriage, it is my hope this national and statewide debate can be conducted with civility and respect."


To date, the campaign over Question 1 in Maine, which seeks to allow same-sex couples to get marriage licenses, has yet to heat up. Expect to see some rhetoric after Labor Day, the traditional start of the campaign season in Maine.

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