PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The spiritual leader of Maine’s 200,000 Roman Catholics has pledged his diocese\’s help in bringing the state\’s gay marriage law to a vote in November.

Bishop Richard Malone also called the law \”a dangerous sociological experiment\” that will have negative consequences for society. Malone said marriage as it\’s been known for millennia \”has served as the cornerstone of society.\” In a statement, Malone also expresses concern over the law\’s effect on teachings about same-sex marriage in schools.

Gov. John Baldacci signed the same-sex marriage bill last week. Opponents quickly filed a challenge through Maine\’s people\’s veto process.

Malone said the Catholic Diocese will work closely with a number of partners to bring the issue to Maine voters.

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