Maine churches split on gay marriage in Calif

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine church leaders are divided on a judge's decision to strike down California's same-sex marriage ban.

Wednesday's ruling affects only California but gay marriage supporters and opponents nationally are following the case closely.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland calls it "an insult to the millions of California residents" who voted to keep the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. Diocese spokesman Marc Mutty says he anticipates the California judge's decision will go to the U.S. Supreme Court after appeals.

Maine's Religious Coalition Against Discrimination, with membership from 18 religious groups, praises the decision. Rev. Elsa Peters says it "honors the constitutional right of clergy and religious communities to solemnize same-sex marriages."

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The majority voting on the minority

I'm wondering why we haven't had a vote to have all priests under surveillance ala "big brother". Its all fine and dandy to say that a moral issue should be voted on, ignoring the law, but how would the priests feel if my moral outrage over their molestation cases was brought to a vote and the majority decided that the molestation percentages were high enough that they all need to live under 24 hour surveillance? Would we be removing their right to privacy legally?? Beyond that the only way to not discriminate against gay couples if they are denied marriage is to remove the rights that only married people enjoy, there are over 100 of them including tax breaks and benefits.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Homosexuals already have the

Homosexuals already have the same rights that heterosexuals have.

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the role...

The role of a federal judge is not to support the will of the people. His or her role is to uphold the US Constitution. An elementary course in civics would help people understand that.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

So, I guess we won't be

So, I guess we won't be seeing you in the confessional booth any time soon, huh?

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an insult?

Its only an insult if the law passed by referendum had been constitutionally valid. The justices fell that it isn't, and it will go all the way, but the Supreme Court may decide not to hear the case.

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marc mutty is an insult

marc mutty is an insult

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

A liberal activist judge has

A liberal activist judge has negated the votes of 7 million Californians on the grounds that the gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.
Someone please explain to me how something (same sex marriage) that is not once mentioned in the Constitution cannot be banned on the grounds that it is unconstitutional to do so. How can the banning of something be unconstitutional if it was never in the Constitution to begin with?


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