Friday October 26, 2012 | 01:21 PM

Mike Heath and Paul Madore, two men who've been fighting against gay rights for decades, are holding a State House press conference Monday where they promise to "turn up the heat" just a week before Mainers vote on gay marriage.

"It's been years since we've had the opportunity to inform Maine voters about the real dangers and the pure insanity of same-sex sodomy based marriage," Heath is quoted in a press release.

Heath, who resigned as executive director of the Christian Civic League just before the 2009 vote on gay marriage, was shunned by gay marriage opponents last time around because they wanted to take a less aggressive approach. Neither he nor Madore, a Lewiston-area Catholic, have been publicly active this time around, at least not before Monday's rally and press conference.

In their press announcement, they say they want to spell out will happen in Maine if "this insane bill passes."

"You can't expect to win this campaign and protect Maine families from the evil of same-sex marriage if you intend to use the same language as the other side," Madore said.

And Heath added: "We have to turn up the heat and be bold and honest and we are prepared to do just that."

The Hall of Flags press conference sounds similar to one they held in 2009 just before the vote. They are bringing back the same speakers -- Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality and Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance, a Massachusetts anti-gay group.

In 2009, both sides of the campaign denounced the comments from the press conference, which focused on the "radical homosexual agenda."


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