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Old 11-13-2008, 11:24 PM   #1
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Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine

Looks like some religious leaders are in the 21st century:

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November 13, 2008 01:56 PM

Religious leaders across the state held press conferences this morning to support same-sex marriage.

A group of more than 120 religious leaders from different faith traditions across Maine have formed the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry in Maine.

"We want to build on Maine's tradition of equal treatment and fairness," said The Rev. Don Rudalevige of Cape Elizabeth, a retired United Methodist minister, in a press release. "With momentum in New England clearly moving toward equality and inclusion, now is the time to move this conversation forward."

Maine law currently defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

The group said in its release that the religious leaders are concerned for the children of same-sex couples in Maine who they said are harmed by their parents' exclusion from marriage. Children in these families may lack health benefits and other critical protections that would extend to married parents, the group said.

The release also suggested that "committed gay and lesbian partners who have loved and cared for each other for decades often still feel vulnerable in old age because they cannot marry and safeguard their relationships with the protections marriage gives non-gay couples."

"We cannot stand by while families in our congregations and communities are at unnecessary risk," said The Rev. Dr. Mykel Johnson, minister at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland. "We are not only talking about legal and financial benefits, but also the dignity, social recognition and support that marriage brings families."
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