Maine Diocese Launches Fast Against Gay Marriage
Catholics across Maine are being advised to stop eating in a Holy attempt to prevent the gays from getting married.
The Diocese of Portland is asking parishioners in the easternmost state to take part in a "40 Day Prayer & Fasting Campaign For Marriage," which kicked off yesterday. Of course, the so-called "campaign for marriage" is actually a campaign against marriage, at least as far as non-straight people go. But hey, semantics, right?
Maine legislators legalized same-sex marriage back in May, but a petition signed by over sixty-thousand voters led the issue to be put to a ballot measure this November. The Catholic Church and National Organization for Marriage are together spearheading the campaign to prevent gay marriage down east. (Maine's Catholic population is actually quite small, making up about 14% of the population. That's about half of the Catholic population of California and about a quarter of the Catholic population of Rhode Island, percentage-wise.)
The official Diocesan word on gay marriage is posted on their website, though there's no linkable information on the fast itself. I'm assuming this is something that might have come up at Mass last Sunday, though, perhaps after the special second collection that raised money for the anti-equality movement.
(By the way, those of you who weren't raised Catholic might not be aware that Catholic fasting is actually a lot easier than fasting if you're Jewish or Muslim; you can still have one full meal a day, you're allowed up to two snacks, and you can drink all you want. Which means the devout Catholics of Maine can still fulfill their daily lobster roll quota while taking a stand against equal rights.)