The Portland Press Herald reports this morning that the effort to overturn the law which will permit, and encourage, all such insanity went down to defeat, 56% - 44%. It also reports that the forces promoting perversion outspent the forces for morality and common sense, by 3 to 1:
Four political action committees that urged voters to keep the law had raised almost $930,000 by late last month, compared with less than $336,000 in receipts for two PACs that opposed the gay rights law.
Michael Heath, Executive Director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, says their side was outspent 10 to 1:
What is surprising however is the magnificent effort made by those who worked to repeal this ill-advised and dangerous law. Their time to collect signatures to repeal the law was reduced from six months to three. They were outspent ten to one, and their opponents enjoyed a great advantage in radio and TV coverage. Worst of all, they lacked the help of a fair and impartial media to referee the contest fairly.The language now carrying the full force of law in Maine goes farther than any other in the country: Its definition of "sexual orientation" includes "gender identity or expression", as well as the words "actual or perceived":
The law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, public accommodations, credit and education. It defines sexual orientation as "a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality or gender identity or expression."
The law says it is not intended to redefine marriage, which a separate state law defines as the union of a man and a woman. But opponents of the law, led by the Christian Civic League of Maine and the Maine Grassroots Coalition, argued during the campaign that keeping the gay rights law on the books would pave the way for legalizing same-sex marriage.
As we said yesterday, pray for Maine.