New Maine law: Notaries MUST perform same-sex marriages

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Next step, pastors in churches? That’s been my prediction all along. This issue is NOT about bigotry or hatred for those trapped in sexual sin; it’s about what happens to the Church when God’s Word is ripped to shreds. Persecution is right around the corner. Do you hear its footsteps?

Story reprinted from LifeSite News:

Maine: Notaries must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ or violate human rights law

BANGOR, December 14, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the state of Maine, any notary public who performs marriages may not refuse to perform a same-sex “marriage” for any reason, upon pain of being charged with a human rights violation, according to Maine’s secretary of state.

After legalizing same-sex “marriage” in November, Maine in now notifying notaries public who wed heterosexual couples they must provide the same services to homosexuals as of December 29. Secretary of State Charles Summers Jr. made the comment in response to an e-mail query.

There are approximately 25,000 notaries public in the state, licensed by the bureau of corporations, elections , and commissions.

They may choose not to perform weddings, but they may not wed only heterosexuals, regardless of their religious objections. Under Maine’s human rights ordinance, refusal is considered a human rights violation.

This does not violate their religious liberty, according to David Farmer, the spokesman for Mainers United for Marriage, the organization that led efforts to pass the referendum.

“They are required to perform their duties as actors of the state,” Farmer told the Bangor Daily News.  “They can decide to not do weddings for any reason.”

Carroll Conley of the Maine Christian Civic League said there are pastors in the state who are also notaries public and wonders if someone may blur the line when claiming discrimination.

Conley knows some more outspoken pastors are considering advertising themselves as notaries who will not perform same-sex marriages.  They will doubtless come under fire, but they will not compromise their convictions.

The Alliance Defending Freedom has made itself available to any notaries public in Maine who seek their help.  Conley says, “we are so thankful for organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom because the other side works through intimidation.”

Contact:
Alliance Defending Freedom
15100 N. 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Toll-free: 800-835-5233
Online contact form.

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2 Responses to New Maine law: Notaries MUST perform same-sex marriages

  1. Marie says:

    What I do not understand is the double standard in the church. Why do the pastors preach against same sex marriage and not one word is preached against divorce.
    I believe that divorce has done more damage in destroying the institution of marriage and families up to this point in time. The pulpits are dead concerning ONE MARRIAGE between a man and a woman….perhaps many pastors are divorced themselves, or are having extra-marital affairs, or are daily lusting after women with whom they council in their church chambers, or perhaps many are entangled in the snare of pornography.

    For now, religion has chosen to beat up on the homosexuals and lesbians because it is a sin and a convenient doctrine that almost everyone in the church building says "Yea, we are with you pastor, reverend, priest, etc." or whatever title the church uses to call its nicolatian leader. I know the system….I used to be one of them in the congregation hating and bad mouthing homosexuals right alongside the rest of them…and it so happened that I used to be a Republican too. But prayerfully and thankfully, God, the HOLY SPIRIT convicted my heart of this aberant belief system in religion and politics….oh, how hateful I was and how hateful that congretation is that I left over a year ago. They can hate the gays, but their own houses are not in order, perhaps the current state of the church needs to examine themselves first to see if they are really in the faith of Jesus Christ.

    Divorce, the silent pandemic. May God, the Father, have mercy on all of us. Amen.

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