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WABI: “Lawmakers got their first look today at a bill that some say protects the religious freedoms of Mainers. Critics of the measure are calling it a license to discriminate.”
Bangor Daily News: In November, with just 47 percent of voters opposing the referendum to legalize gay marriage, the law was passed at the polls. The Public Policy Polling poll — released in late August — shows that opposition to gay marriage has declined to 38 percent since then . . . “There’s been nothing but promotion of the idea of redefinition of marriage,” Conley said.
Erik Stanley at National Review Online: But as an attorney who defends the constitutional freedoms of churches on a daily basis, all the assurances of those who have been actively seeking to redefine marriage that they will not target churches ring hollow in light of what is already happening.
One News Now: Churches and religious organizations are being advised to review their bylaws, and change them if necessary, to protect themselves from “non-discrimination” lawsuits . . . Alliance Defending Freedom provides suggestions on its web site.
Kim Trobee of Citizen Link at Christian Civic League of Maine: Erik Stanley, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), said hundreds of congregations are following Waynesville’s example. “I think we’re in a day where every church needs to have a statement in its bylaws of its doctrinal beliefs on marriage and sexuality,” he told Baptist Press. “This is a proactive approach that churches can take to head off any claims of discrimination in the future, should they occur.” ADF has drafted guidelines churches can follow to amend their documents. “When the government creates a new ‘right,’ it puts all its resources into enforcing that ‘right,’” Johnston explained. “Pastors and churches should move now to state the important doctrine of male-female marriage.”
The Christian Civic League has posted this information page.
One News Now: “So what we’re praying for is that we will find those individuals that are not willing just to avoid the issue and enjoy their freedoms and the benefits, but also those persons that will stand up and, of course, with our national partners like Alliance Defending Freedom … offer them the legal resources to make that fight,” Conley tells OneNewsNow.
Christian Civic League: According to the 2012 Annual Report of the Family Planning Association of Maine (the organization which runs the abortion clinic in Augusta on Gabriel Drive): “ This year we made strategic decisions that help ensure our future sustainability …” Sources of Funding for Family Planning Association of Maine in 2012 and % of total . . .
Christian Civic League: Protect and prepare for any conflict that same sex marriage will bring to your church. Click here for part 1 of a two part “Faith Matters in Maine” interview with Joel Oster, senior legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom. Part 2 will air next Dec. 3 at 6:15 pm (WHCF 88.5, Hodgdon/Houlton 93.7, and Presque Isle 102.7)
AP on Boston Globe: Carroll Conley Jr. from the Christian Civic League says ‘‘senseless violence’’ will likely continue as gay marriage opponents are referred to as ‘‘hate groups or bigots.’’ The league is one of the groups fighting a proposal that would legalize gay marriage in Maine.
Christian Civic League Faith Matters in Maine Update (Audio 1:03 mins): In one Faith Matters in Maine minute, Carroll Conley tells how one church is fighting taxtion by the town of Rockland with the help of the Alliance Defense Fund and the Christian Civic League.
Christian Civic League of Maine and NOM form Protect Marriage Maine to defeat ballot initiative redefining marriage
Christian Civic League: The Christian Civic League of Maine and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) announced on April 23rd they have joined forces to form Protect Marriage Maine, and will lead the campaign against the proposed initiative redefining marriage in Maine. The initiative is expected to be on the November 2012 ballot.
Trayce Hansen at Christian Civic League of Maine: Men and women bring diversity to parenting; each makes unique contributions to the rearing of children that can’t be replicated by the other. Mothers and fathers simply are not interchangeable. Two women can both be good mothers, but neither can be a good father. So here are five reasons why it’s in the best interest of children to be raised by both a mother and a father:
Christian Civic League: Pastors are invited to discuss tax and religious liberty issues with Kevin Theriot, head of the Church Division for the Alliance Defense Fund, at Aldersgate Methodist Church of Rockland on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 9 am.
The Washington Post: EqualityMaine, the Maine Civil Liberties Union and the Maine Women’s Lobby have collected more than 100,000 signatures — far more than needed to seek the referendum — made their announcement Thursday at the State House in Augusta.
Eric Russell at Bangor Daily News: The bill took a circuitous route to passage. It was held over from the first session last spring when some groups, including the Maine Family Policy Council, formerly the Maine Christian Civic League, and another group called the Alliance Defense Fund, objected at the last minute . . . The Alliance Defense Fund is a national group headed by Alan Sears, author of a book titled “The Homosexual Agenda,” that has opposed same-sex marriage and equal rights for gays and lesbians.
Christian Civic League of Maine: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has chimed in on the controversy saying that he found Knox’s comments on her personal Facebook page “disturbing.” “I think that kind of example is not a positive one at all to be setting for folks who have such an important and influential position in our society,” Christie told WABC Radio. “I’m really concerned about those kinds of statements being made.”