Portland, Maine, Mar 9, 2012 / 04:29 am
While some media outlets have presented Bishop Richard Malone of Portland’s new pastoral letter on marriage as a sign the Catholic Church in Maine will not oppose a ballot measure to recognize “gay marriage” in the state, the diocese maintains that is not the case.
“There will be a ballot question committee, it will be established. We will work closely with that ballot question committee to promote the cause of defending marriage in November,” Brian Souchet, director of the Diocese of Portland’s Office for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, told CNA March 7.
“We still have a bully pulpit and the media’s still coming to us and we’re preaching the same message that we preached in 2009,” he added.
The 2009 ballot measure Question 1 passed by a vote of 53 to 47 percent. It overturned the Maine legislature’s law that legally recognized “same-sex marriages” in the state. Advocates of the unions have now secured enough signatures for a 2012 ballot referendum to recognize these unions.