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Maine Gay Marriage Campaign Disappoints Catholic Church
06/30/2011 02:08 PM ET  

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland says Maine voters should not be put through "another divisive drawn-out campaign" to legalize gay marriage.

Leaders of Maine's Catholic church say they're "disappointed" that another effort is being launched to legalize gay marriage in Maine.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland spokesman Mark Mutty says he expects the fight to end the same way it did last year--with supporters on the losing side.

"The people of this state rejected same sex marriage in November of 2009 and should not be put through what will likely be another divisive drawn-out campaign," Mutty says in a statement. "The people of this country have rejected same sex marriage in all cases where the issue has been put on the ballot; there is no reason why we should expect a different outcome this time."

In 2009, Maine approved a measure legalizing gay marriage, but the law was overturned later that year in a people's veto campaign.

Mutty says the church will "continue to speak out" against gay marriage, but he said the role of the church in any campaign "remains to be determined."



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