Religious Leaders Support “No On One” 

Religious leaders gathered today at the Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor to urge folks to vote no one one. Several people spoke about the issue.They say the right to marry should be extended to gay and lesbian couples, and that it’s a civil rights issue, as well as a moral and ethical one.Rabbi Darah Lerner, of the Congregation Beth El, says, “Discrimination against one group, leads to discrimination against all. Here in Maine the legislature and the governor recognized that extending the rights and responsibilities of marriage to same gender couples was a question of fairness and of equal protection under that law. We support this fully.”‘The religious leaders that spoke stressed the importance of extending parental rights to gay and lesbian couples. They also discussed the economic benefits marriage provides.