Friday, April 29,2005
AUGUSTA - Steady rain fell as voices rose Thursday during a rally encouraging Christians to gather signatures for a people's veto to overturn the gay rights bill just signed into law.
The law takes effect on June 29 and makes it illegal to fire a person or deny housing, job or education opportunities because a person is gay. Opponents say the law must be overturned or it will pave the way for the courts to rule in favor of same-sex marriage in Maine.
The scene in front of the State House on Thursday was a sea of umbrellas and people wearing "Marriage: One Man One Woman" white shirts. Speeches laced with Scripture, and songs like "God Bless America" and "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus," continued for an hour.