Maine -- Marriage and Free Speech
Radio ads in Maine are highlighting a story that helps make clear the stakes in the marriage battle there. A complaint has recently been filed with the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation alleging that a high-school guidance counselor who appeared in an ad for the gay-marriage repeal effort “does not have the right as a licensed social worker to make public comments that can endanger or promote discrimination.” The counselor will now have to respond to the complaint in writing and the department will, at some point, issue a determination.
As if it’s not enough to repudiate society’s most child-centered institution, marriage between a man and a woman, many proponents of redefining marriage are willing to repudiate the principle of free debate. Pretty high stakes.