Maine4Marriage Challenges Claim That Religious Liberty Protected in SSM Proposal


The Portland Press Herald:

Maine4Marriage, one of the smaller political action committees opposing the November gay-marriage ballot question, has challenged Betsy Smith of EqualityMaine to explain the ballot question's implications for religious freedom.

"We do not know why your organization decided not to include more protection for religious freedom in your proposed law as other states have done," wrote Miriam Conners, a Topsham woman listed as principle officer of Maine4Marriage. "But if this law is adopted, that decision will result in unnecessary and divisive litigation and conflict in our state over religious freedom."

... In a letter to Smith, Conners cited experts quoted in the book "Banned in Boston: The Coming Conflict Between Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty." Among the experts quoted are Anthony Picarello, president and general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Chai Feldbaum, a former Georgetown Law School professor and member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.