The Christian Civic League is correct in opposing this question. Which only brings its average up to somewhere near half-right. Because Heath and his friends are also intent on collecting signatures for a referendum of their own.

They want to bring back discrimination against gay men and lesbians.

Maybe you thought this issue was settled, just because, in 2005, voters turned back the league’s attempt to repeal a law adding sexual orientation to the list of groups protected from prejudice in housing, employment and credit. But ever since, Heath has been stewing. On his Web site, he wrote, “Nobody should have legal rights that are premised on being sexually promiscuous!”

No driver’s licenses for adulterers.

Floozies better not attempt to register to vote.

Bucks grazing in more than one pasture will be denied their federal stimulus packages.

Oh, wait, that doesn’t seem to be what Heath means.
His initiative wouldn’t apply to all libertines, only those who happen to be homosexual. And also to homosexuals who don’t happen to be libertines. It would ban same-sex marriage, something Maine law already does. It would forbid civil unions, something Maine law doesn’t allow. It would prevent gay couples from adopting. It would eliminate high school civil-rights teams that teach kids that bullying is wrong. And it would repeal the 2005 law banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Also, no queers in casinos.

Just kidding. Although, it’s not too late to add that on.

To get this hateful blob on next year’s ballot, Heath will have to collect more than 55,000 signatures of Maine voters over the next nine months. If history is any indicator, he’ll probably succeed. There are at least that many people in this state who are consistently half-wrong.

Not even counting John Martin.

The right way to reach me is to e-mail aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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