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Religious leaders show a united front for marriage equality

6:15 PM, Oct 14, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- Mainers will soon head to the polls and cast their ballot for Question One, that would legalize same-sex marriage. Parties on both sides of the issue are making their final push to sway undecided voters. Sunday ten religious leaders shared a pew and showed support for marriage equality for all.

Reverand Carie Johnsen with the Unitarian Universalist Church of August said, "What I'm seeing this year is that religious leaders for marriage equality are coming out in stronger numbers."

Each leader participated in the sermon and urged attendees to see marriage as a freedom for all people.

Frank O'Hara with Catholics for Marriage Equality said, "I'm hoping that people really look in their hearts and think about their neighbors and their friends and really think about what kind of a society they want Maine to be. It's not easy to accept change, but change can be a good thing."

The latest polling numbers on Gay Marriage show support is growing. The Portland based PanAtlantic SMS group asked 400 likely voters, during the last week of September, whether they support granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A little over 56-percent said they do.

"I am confident that this is the year that same sex marriage is voted into law and we will be celebrating for years to come," said Johnsen.

Some supporters, however, remember that when a similar measure was on the ballot in 2009, many polls leading up to the election showed a win for same sex marriage proponents. That turned out not to be the case.

Amelia Nugent has been volunteering with Mainers United for Marriage since she was fourteen, she said "I think there's still a lot to do. What we have seen before is that we can't stop working for this it's too important."

Pastor Bob Emrich with "Protect Marriage Maine" a group opposed to same sex marriage sent this statement, "

"The vast majority of Maine's clergy support marriage as the union of a man and woman. They reject efforts to redefine marriage. Over 100 faith leaders in Maine have signed a statement urging the people of Maine to vote NO on question One. They stand in opposition to redefining marriage, including same sex "marriage", polygamy and other changes. The great majority of faith leaders in Maine do not base their faith upon polls but rather on revealed truth. They know the consequences of redefining marriage will be damaging to children and will certainly undermine religious liberties of Maine people."

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