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10/05/2009

Stand For Marriage Maine = Christian Civic League of Maine

by Jeremy Hooper

We've found yet another connection between Stand For Marriage Maine and the extremely far-right Christian Civic League of Maine/Maine Family Policy Council (from whom they've been trying to distance themselves since the "yes on 1" campaign began). This time it's Pastor Sandy Williams, to whom SFMM links as a voice of reason:

Sunday’s edition of the Portland Press Herald included a letter to the editor from First Baptist Church of Freeport’s pastor Sandy Williams, in which he struck down two “very subtle but fallacious arguments” of Bill Nemitz.
Pastor Sandy Williams of Freeport: Yes on 1 [SFMM]

But it only takes a cursory search to learn that Pastor Williams is inextricably linked to CCL of Maine and its former leader, Mike "gays cause bad Sandy-Williamsweather/graffiti/economic crises" Heath! Sandy has served on the league's board. He has penned first-person pieces for the League's website. He's spoken at League events. Back in 2007, he was honored (along with another SFMM friend, Tim Russell) at a CCL of Maine banquet. In short: Pastor Williams has been a major player for the group that's extreme enough to voice support for "sodomy" to "be a crime throughout the U.S." The group that was Maine's most instrumental anti-LGBT voice up until the point when our opposition realized that groups who blame gays for bad weather and urban blight might be a weensy bit too extreme for their credibility-seeking endeavor.

This is who Stand For Marriage Maine turns to in order to refute Bill Nemitz's thoroughly reasoned thoughts? Okay, fair enough. But they are not to blame us when we point out the uber-extreme views to which they keep hitching their wagon!

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