Friday, May 24, 2013
Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, outside of Bangor, caused quite a stir among customers and Facebook friends recently by putting a "No on 1" sign near their driveway.
The orchard Facebook page shows hundreds of comments about the issue, which range from "I will NEVER come to your farm again" to "You have a new customer in my family." Question 1 asks voters if they want to allow the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Bangor Daily News is reporting today that Treworgy has taken the sign down. Also, Protect Marriage Maine, the major opposition group, used the incident as an opportunity to say these types of things will happen more frequently if gay marriage becomes legal in Maine.
"If marriage is redefined, it is redefined for everyone, leaving no room under the law or in civil discourse for those who disagree with this new genderless definition of marriage for religious, cultural or other reasons," said Bob Emrich in a prepared statement.
On their Facebook page, the orchard owners took time to explain their position. As part of a six-point argument for why they oppose same-sex marriage based on their religious beliefs, they posted this statement:
"We at Treworgy Family Orchards truly value and respect all persons and their views and want to thank all of you who have expressed your concern about our choice to place a “No on 1” sign beside our driveway last week. We sincerely apologize for the hurt that was caused by our sign and its perceived meaning. We did not understand the way it would be interpreted by so many and it is apparent that what we intended and what has been concluded are entirely different realities. We humbly ask those who have been hurt to forgive us any offense. We would like to take the opportunity to clarify exactly what we do and do not stand for. We do not stand for hate, discrimination, rudeness, or incivility."Tweet
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