On Father's Day, June 17th, the Christian Civic League of Maine, a political action committee in Maine whose goal is to defeat marriage equality in that state's upcoming referendum, will be collecting money in approximately 200 churches, according to a report fromUSNEWS.MSNBC.MSN.com. Notably and thankfully absent from the fundraising effort will be Catholic churches. The report states:
Earlier this year, Bishop Richard Malone of the Catholic diocese of Portland, Maine (which includes the entire state), said that the diocese would not be taking an active part in the referendum campaign this year, as they had in 2009 when the issue was last on the ballot. By not participating in the fundraising effort, Bishop Malone is keeping true to his word.
The faith organizing to support marriage equality in Maine's referendum is being led by the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination. Catholic involvement in the coalition is represented by Catholics for Marriage Equality, which is housed in Maine.
The Catholics for Marriage Equality website contains the text of a declaration for which they are collecting signatures. You can sign the declaration by clicking here. Since the declaration sums up Catholic pro-equality sentiments so well, it is reprinted in its entirety:
--Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry