Maine May Vote On Removing LGBT Protections From State Human Rights Act

Since 2005, the Maine Human Rights Act has protected people from being discriminated against in employment, housing, education, public accommodation and credit extensions on the basis of their sexual orientation. However, that may all change soon if one lunatic has his way on things.

The state has approved a petition from anti-LGBT activist Mike Heath, former head of the Christian Civic League of Maine, who previously fought to prevent those protections from being added in the first place. If Heath is able to get 61,123 signatures on the petition from registered voters, the ballot initiative will be put to voters in a statewide referendum.

“We would shout to the world that we’re on the side of human dignity and tolerance and true diversity,” Heath said, in complete ignorance of the absurdity of the words coming out of his mouth. He also claims that he wants to add language to the bill preventing “special rights” being afforded on the basis of sexual orientation.

Ironically, what he is asking for is for “special rights” to be afforded on the basis of religion–for Christians to have a “special right” to discriminate against gay people, whereas no one else has a “special right” to discriminate against anyone else for any other reason they might have. I would not have the right, even if I made it my religion, to discriminate against someone for being Christian.

EqualityMaine director Matt Moonen told the Bangor Daily News that “the current law has been working for more than a decade,” explaining that “this initiative is a blatant effort to turn back the clock and single out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people so that it’s once again legal to fire them, deny them housing or kick them out of a restaurant simply because of who they are.”

Heath has previously claimed that “the so-called “gay” movement is rooted in sorcery and it is a child of the devil, and an enemy of everything that is right,” advocated for supporters of gay rights to be drowned, blamed Maine’s crop failure on gay people existing, and would like to reinstate Maine’s anti-sodomy law. His views are actually so extreme that he has found himself alienated by other anti-gay groups–so I’m gonna guess that it’s fairly unlikely that the people of Maine are going to rush to rally by his side.

[RawStory]
[Bangor Daily News]
[Equality Matters]