Their deep belief in God and Christian teachings is being boiled down to sound bites by the “mainstream media,” and they say the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage in Maine is being dominated by those who support the idea.
That’s how Carol Daigle and her sisters, Valerie Litalien and Cindy Terrill, feel about Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Deeply devoted to their religions — Litalien is Catholic; Terrill and Daigle are Baptist — the sisters sat together in the front pew of Daigle’s church Friday and spoke passionately about their beliefs and fears.
... The sisters said that as much as they hear that gays and lesbians are discriminated against, it feels now that those who oppose same-sex marriage are the ones being treated with bias. Terrill said she lost a job over her views, and Litalien worries about saying where she lives for fear of retaliation.
“We are now the ones being forced into the shadows,” Daigle said. She said Maine voters decided the issue once when a citizen referendum overturned state legislation legalizing same-sex marriage.
... Many simply don’t dare to speak up for fear of being labeled hateful, Daigle said.
“Do you know how much courage it takes to go out in front of people and put up signs not to redefine marriage?” she asked. “How much courage it takes to put it on the back of your car? You could have your windows broken.”
They know some in the Christian Civic League who have applied for and been granted concealed weapon permits because they faced death threats and other types of harassment.