LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A political action committee dedicated to defeating the statewide referendum to legalize same-sex marriage launched its campaign Saturday.
The No Special Rights PAC is lead by Paul Madore and Michael Heath, two familiar faces in the fight against gay marriage in Maine. They were joined by about a dozen supporters on the steps of Lewiston City Hall Saturday. Heath says he and Madore want to speak frankly about why homosexuality is morally wrong, despite the fact that many churches are shying away from discussing the issue publicly. He says that honesty will resonate with voters.
"We believe that as they come to understand our perspective on this that it's not about hate, it is about love, and it is about telling the truth about what Christianity teaches and nature reveals about sexuality and humanity, that Maine people will agree with us in large numbers" Heath said.
Mainers United For Marriage Campaign Manager Matt McTighe says that statement does not reflect the experiences his volunteers his volunteers have had campaigning for marriage equality.
'When we're out having the conversations that we've been having for the last two years, we find that people are actually very open-minded and very tolerant, and open to at least hearing a little about why all loving committed couples in maine deserve the freedom to marry."
Mainers voted down a gay marriage in a referendum in 2009. They will vote on the issue once again this November.