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Less than Half of Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Anti-Gay Money Actually Comes From Maine

A little while ago, I wrote that a whopping 86% of the campaign cash contributed to Stand for Marriage Maine (the anti-gay organization fighting to repeal same-sex marriage in Maine) in the 3rd Quarter of 2009 came from just four religious organizations. Those organizations, and the dollar amounts they contributed in the 3rd Quarter, are

1. The Knights of Columbus: $50,100
2. The National Organization for Marriage: $519,796.50
3. Focus on the Family: $83,594.62
4. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland: $378.288.04

(Source: Maine Campaign Finance Website)

The Knights of Columbus is an out of state religious organization. The National Organization for Marriage is an out of state religious organization. Focus of the Family is an out of state religious organization.

You might look at item #4 and say, well, that’s a religious organization, all right, but it’s an in-state religious organization. All that money given by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, you might say, reflects in-state preferences.

You might say that. But you’d be wrong.

Only one contribution to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland for use in relation to Ballot Question 1 can be definitively traced to a Maine source: a $250 contribution from “The Lyons Family” of Freeport, Maine.

$41,120.74 given to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland for use in relation to Ballot Question 1 are identified as coming from “Unitemized Contributions,” and the source of these contributions is not reported.

$133,375.03 for use in relation to Ballot Question 1 (the same-sex marriage repeal referendum) are cited as coming from “General Treasury Transfers,” and it’s not reported whether the money in these transfers came from out of state or not.

But let’s be generous. Let’s imagine, unrealistically, that ALL of these funds came EXCLUSIVELY from sources within the state of Maine.

Even if that were true, only 44.9% of the money used by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland in relation to Ballot Question 1 during the 3rd Quarter of 2009 would be coming from in state. At the very least, 55.1% of the money used by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland in opposition to Ballot Question 1 is coming from sources outside the state of Maine.

Who are the out-of-state sources of that money — that 55.1%, some $214,550.00 — given to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland? Without exception, they are either out-of-state Catholic organizations, or out-of-state Catholic bishops, or out-of-state Catholic priests. The Catholic Church is funneling money from other states to fund the effort to outlaw same-sex marriage in Maine.

With this information sorted out, it can be definitively stated, without a shred of doubt, that “Stand for Marriage Maine” is an effort mostly funded by out-of-state religious organizations.

12 comments to Less than Half of Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Anti-Gay Money Actually Comes From Maine

  • HareTrinity

    Don’t worry, the future looks positive?

    It wasn’t that long ago the UK made same-sex partnerships legal and recognised by law, now look at the backlash a certain British tabloid got for an article with homophobic tones:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2009/oct/16/dailymail-stephen-gately

    Of course, in England we tend to treasure our various homosexual celebrities, but here’s hoping the US will soon see the same general acceptance of ‘them’ as ‘us’!

    Pity our human rights in regards to sexual expression and porn are swirling down the drain… But yeah, gays can marry and homophobia’s slammed where it appears, that’s something in the right direction.

  • It’s such a petty thing to discriminate against people because of who they love, and how they get their rocks off without hurting anybody. It’s a stupid, stupid reason to divide and hate.

  • Jacob

    here is a question for you;

    Should I as a pastor be required to marry same sex couples? Should I have the right to say no, not in my church?

    • Jim

      Here is an answer for you:

      No, a pastor shouldn’t have to, and yes, a pastor should have the right to say no, I’m not marrying anyone like that in my church.

      Here is an answer under Maine’s same-sex marriage law:

      No pastor is required to marry anybody. Every pastor has the right to say no, not in his or her church.

      That’s a matter of law.

  • ramone

    that’s two questions.
    question #1: no
    question #2: no

  • Mikey

    You are such a hypocrit. Do the same search on the supporters of the SSM and see who’s donating from out of state on the gay agenda. Does the name Gill ring a bell?

    • Jim

      Part of a fish, as I recall.

      No, I’m not a hypocrite. I’m actually writing up a comparison of the “Stand for Marriage Maine” contributors versus the “NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality” contributors.
      The data clearly show that “NO on 1″ has an immense number of contributors from the state of Maine, garnering a much larger number of Maine contributors than “Stand for Marriage Maine” garners.

      Why are you uncomfortable accepting that Stand for Marriage Maine is the funded creation of out-of-state religious bodies? Why do you want to change the subject?

  • qs

    So we get to see Prop 8 played out again only in Maine in 19 days…November 2nd?

    Getcha popcorn.

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