June 18, 2018
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Counselor wants gay marriage complaint thrown out

The Associated Press

NEWPORT, Maine — A Maine school counselor wants a state board to toss out a complaint filed against him because he appeared in a television commercial opposing gay marriage.

Donald Mendell of Palmyra, a counselor at Nokomis High School, calls the complaint against him “frivolous.”

During the run-up to this month’s gay marriage vote, Mendell appeared in a commercial and asked voters “to prevent homosexual marriage from being pushed on Maine students.” The Nov. 3 vote overturned Maine’s gay marriage law.

The Kennebec Journal says Ann Sullivan of Newport complained Mendell violated a code of ethics set by the National Association of Social Workers that says social workers should not publicly condone discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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