While not quite on the same level as California’s allowing gay marriage or New York’s recognizing of gay marriages performed elsewhere, news from the Northeast does provide some justification for some minor wingnut head exploding just the same.
Residents of Maine have shown the National Homophobic Party, otherwise known as the Religious Right that they don’t have the pull they thought they did when they tried to repeal legislation passed that outlaws discrimination against gays and lesbians.
“We’re pulling the plug,” Michael Heath, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, said Thursday. The group failed to attract the voter, volunteer, and financial support it needed to continue its campaign to put a repeal measure to a vote, he said.
The group collected only a third of the 15,000 voter signatures it had set as a goal for primary election day June 10, Heath said. Citing tags opponents had applied to initiative backers, he said potential volunteers “don’t want to be aligned with bigotry and homophobia and hatred.” (emphasis mine)
I realize stories like these are not yet a trend, but it does appear that more and more people are realizing just how hateful some of these so-called “evangelical groups” really are.