BANGOR, Maine — Faith leaders from the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine gathered in Portland and Bangor on Thursday to support the state’s same-sex marriage law.
Members of the coalition said only marriage equality confers full dignity and respect to loving and committed gay and lesbian couples.
“Marriage creates and enhances stable, committed relationships and the sharing of economic resources and responsibility. Marriage nurtures the individual, the couple, and children,” Rabbi Darrah Lerner of Congregation Beth El in Bangor, said in a news release. “Good marriages benefit our communities and express our religious values of long-term commitment and faithfulness.”
In response to the simultaneous rallies, opponents of same-sex marriage issued a statement saying that allowing such unions would be harmful to society.
“The religious groups assembled today to publicly oppose traditional marriage are entitled to their position,” Marc Mutty, spokesman for the anti-gay marriage group Stand For Marriage Maine, said in a statement. “But make no mistake that people of faith overwhelmingly will support Question 1 and the traditional definition of marriage.”
Maine voters will decide whether to uphold or reject the state’s same sex marriage law at a Nov. 3 referendum.