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“Love Free or Die” at the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine

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For Immediate Release
August 16, 2012 Media Contact: Liz Helitzer

Love Free or Die
Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Religious Coalition Against Discrimination (RCAD) – Kennebec Valley Chapter, will be hosting a free screening of Love Free or Die at the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine, located on the University of Maine at Augusta campus on Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

In 2009, the question was posed to Mainers: should same-sex marriage be legal in the state of Maine? A bill to allow same-sex marriages was signed by Governor Baldacci, but voters shot it down. Three years later, the Maine same-sex marriage question will appear once again on the November ballot. If the measure passes it will overturn the 2009 ballot measure and make Maine the seventh state to recognize same-sex marriage following Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Washington D.C. and two Native American tribal jurisdictions also permit same-sex marriages and Maryland and Rhode Island recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions. California, though previously a state that granted same-sex marriage, now only recognizes those entered into prior to November 5, 2008.

This controversial topic has been debated in both the secular and religious worlds. Recently, mayors, college students and corporations strongly criticized the comments that Dan Cathy, Chick-Fil-A’s restaurant chain president, made about his company supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” and praying that “God [has] mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is about.”

The RCAD and the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine are eager to hear what you have to say on the issue. Following a screening of Love Free or Die, we invite you to engage in a conversation about this divisive issue.

Love Free or Die is about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict: his love for God and for his partner Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since.

The film follows Robinson from small-town churches in the New Hampshire North Country to Washington’s Lincoln Memorial to London’s Lambeth Palace, as he calls for all to stand for equality – inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history.

Love Free or Die will be shown at the Michael Klahr Center at the University of Maine at Augusta campus on Thursday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m. The viewing is free and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please call Maggie Ricker, 689-7711