Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Rep. David Johnson, R-Eddington, a one-term lawmaker seeking reelection on Tuesday, issued a statement today urging voters to reject same-sex marriage at the ballot box.
In the press release from Protect Marriage Maine, Johnson is quoted as saying his gay brother recently died of cancer and that he still maintains contact with his brother's partner of 25 years.
"I miss my brother and stay in contact with his partner because I love them both and know many other gay couples and love them dearly as well," he said in the statement. "The fact remains that God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman, and we have no right to redefine marriage."
Johnson's public stand is interesting for a couple of reasons. Many local legislative candidates have shied away from expressing any opinion on Question 1, particularly those who are opposed to it. But Johnson defeated Democrat Ben Pratt two years ago after Pratt was targeted for his support of the 2009 gay-marriage law.
In 2009, voters in that district voted heavily in opposition to same-sex marriage.
Pratt is running against Johnson this year in an attempt to get the seat back. That race, and all House and Senate seats, will be decided on Tuesday, along with the gay-marriage question.
On a totally separate subject, Open Season readers should note that the blog will be moving to the home pages of our websites on Tuesday -- Election Day -- where it will be updated regularly throughout the day and night.Tweet
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