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Catholic Church Bowing Out of Maine Gay Marriage Fight, But Not Backing Down
The Roman Catholic church is taking no active roles in fundraising, staffing, advertising, or campaigning against marriage equality in Maine.

Bishop Richard Malone, the sect's top-ranking official in Maine, said on Friday, March 2 that his goal now is only to re-train the wayward 25% of Maine's 187,306 Catholics. He said that the church "doesn't want to impose a law or belief on anyone," especially non-Catholic citizens, who comprise 86% of Maine residents, and 77% of all Americans. Maine voters will decide by ballot in November whether to write same-gender marriage into state law.

Historically, Roman Catholic officials have opposed virtually every regulation, policy, and law proposed to protect LGBT people nationwide. Toward that end, the church spent $1.9 million to repeal Maine's new marriage equality statute in 2009, after the legislature and governor had already enacted it.

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Published on:  March 6, 2012

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