Friday, December 6, 2013
Opponents to same-sex marriage sent out another fund-raising appeal Thursday, this time focusing on the attempt by supporters to "redefine marriage as a genderless institution."
The law behind the citizens initiative that voters will consider Nov. 6 states that:
"Marriage is the legally recognized union of 2 people. Gender-specific terms relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships must be construed to be gender-neutral for all purposes throughout the law, whether in the context of statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other source of civil law."
The fund-raising appeal goes on to warn that "Those who do not agree with the new law redefining marriage as genderless will be treated as racists and bigots and punished accordingly."
In other gay-marriage news, Mainers United for Marriage is scheduled to hold a rally in Portland Monday to officially kick-off the "Yes on 1" campaign. As you'll recall, when Maine voted on the issue three years ago, supporters of gay marriage had to vote "no" on the question and opponents voted "yes." So now that the tables are turned, pro-gay-marriage forces will be asking supporters to peel off their old bumper stickers and replace them.
The rally -- just eight weeks before election day -- is set for 1 p.m. Monday on the steps of Portland City Hall.Tweet
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