My parents were married for 65 years and I am one of their eleven children. I attended Catholic school for grades 1 to 12, and was an altar boy. My wife Susan and I were married over 25 years ago in a Catholic Church, and our wedding vows began: “Jesus is the source of my love for you.” We moved to Maine because we thought it was the best place in the world to raise our four children.
The cornerstones of my life are God, family, justice and love. All four of these values lead me to strongly support ending discrimination against same-sex couples. The Bible teaches us that we are all equal in the eyes of God. Opponents of same-sex marriage rely mostly on “tradition,” but Jesus firmly rejected tradition as a moral principle, and instead taught that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love one another.
Preventing same-sex couples from marrying is contrary to the teachings of Jesus, undermines the families of same-sex couples, perpetuates unjust and irrational discrimination and punishes loving couples for no good reason. The founding documents of both Maine and the United States are based on the equal rights of all humans, and being a follower of Jesus or a Catholic is also consistent with that core principle, supporting the equal right of same sex couples to marry.