ADF attorney to testify before Maine Legislature against same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

ADF attorney to testify before Maine Legislature against same-sex ‘marriage’ bill
L.D. 1020 would redefine marriage as a union between ‘two people’
Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 8:10 AM (MST) |
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WHO: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks
WHAT: Available for media interviews after testifying at Maine Legislature public hearing on L.D. 1020
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, immediately following hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. EDT
WHERE: Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta

AUGUSTA, Maine — Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks will be available for media interviews Wednesday following his testimony before the Maine Legislature to oppose L.D. 1020. If enacted, L.D. 1020 would redefine marriage in Maine law as a union between “two people”–not one man and one woman.

“Maine’s judges, politicians, and legislators should never impose a system upon its citizens that intentionally deprives a child of a mom and a dad,” said Nimocks. “Maine’s existing marriage protections should not be placed at risk. The issue is much bigger than a ‘personal relationship.’ Which parent doesn’t matter: a mom or a dad?”

In 1997, Maine law was amended to read, in part, “The people of the State of Maine find that: The union of one man and one woman joined in traditional monogamous marriage is of inestimable value to society; the State has a compelling interest to nurture and promote the unique institution of traditional monogamous marriage in the support of harmonious families and the physical and mental health of children; and that the State has the compelling interest in promoting the moral values inherent in traditional monogamous marriage.”

The proposed same-sex “marriage” bill, if approved by the Maine Legislature, would pose many risks to families statewide. Scientific research consistently establishes that a home with a married mother and father is the best possible living environment for children.

Recent, non-partisan studies show that children raised without a married mom and dad are twice as likely to use drugs, 54 percent more likely to use alcohol, 62 percent more likely to engage in sexual activity, twice as likely to commit crime, 50 percent more likely to experience depression, more likely to commit suicide, and more prone to drop out of school.

The pro-family organization Maine Marriage Initiative, which opposes L.D. 1020, is urging Maine residents to attend the hearing in support of Maine’s existing marriage laws.

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, same-sex couples represent only 0.5 percent of the total population of Maine.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.