April 06, 2020

In an attempt, once again, to legalize discrimination against citizens on the basis of sexual orientation, the Christian Civic League and the Maine Christian Coalition have forced a referendum. This referendum seeks to overturn the will of Maine citizens, which they expressed when they defeated ballot Question 1 in November 1995.

As United Church of Christ clergy, we believe that discrimination against any group of our fellow citizens is neither Christian nor appropriate. We feel that it is important that Maine citizens go to the polls on Feb. 10 and once again vote no on 1. The Revs. Mac Bigelow, Northeast Harbor; Bryant S. Breault, Pilgrim Lodge UCC; Wayne Buchanan, Tremont; Roger Burkhart, Deer Isle; Patricia Butler, Ellsworth Falls; Dr. Philip Devenish, Hancock; David R. Gaewski, conference minister, Maine Conference UCC; Ted Hoskins, missionary pastor, Maine Sea Coast Missionary Society; Ron Hutchins, Penobscot; John MacDuffie, Bernard; Dr. Rob McCall, Blue Hill; John R. Moyer, UCC national staff, retired; Joseph Palmer, interim minister, First Congregational Church UCC, Ellsworth; Ian Steeves, Harpswell; David Stillman, Mount Desrt; John Swanson, Raymond; Elaine H. Tobak, Hancock UCC; Konni Wells, Belfast

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