Gay Marriage Opponent Steps Down
Michael Heath, the head of the Maine Family Policy Council, formerly known as the Christian Civic League of Maine, announced his retirement Tuesday. Heath has served as the leader of the group, which was founded in 1897, since 1994 and has been a vocal opponent of gay rights in the state. (His inflammatory tactics included appealing for "tips, rumors, speculation, and facts" about the sexual orientation of public officials and state bureaucrats.) Heath’s retirement comes as the state prepares for another vote on gay marriage this November. On his blog he writes: “Everybody knows that legal rights can't be granted on the basis of moral wrongs. We must pray that this issue is resolved sensibly ... the sooner the better.” Down East profiled the controversial leader in a September 2005 article, available by clicking here.
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