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Maine Counselor’s Career Threatened for Support of Marriage

October 31, 2009


Maine counselor’s career threatened for support of marriage

This is exactly what we’ve been saying.  Right here in Maine!  This complaint is an attempt to shut down free speech, silence opposition.  See this from ADF.

–L. Marie

AUGUSTA, Maine — A high school counselor who supports marriage between one man and one woman has been reported to a Maine licensing board because of his views. Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund represent Donald Mendell, the subject of a complaint filed with the Board of Social Worker Licensure by a co-worker because he expressed support for marriage and the “Vote Yes on One” campaign.

“No one should have their livelihood placed in jeopardy because they believe marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks. “This threat to Don, his family, and his career makes clear that those in favor of redefining marriage also want to penalize and silence those who don’t agree with them. So, the definition of marriage is not the only thing at issue here. Free speech, freedom of conscience, and religious liberty are also in danger.”

The complaint attacking Mendell, a licensed counselor at Nokomis Regional High School, accuses him of violating the state’s code of ethics for social workers because of his expressed position on marriage.

The complaint cites his appearance in a “Vote Yes on One” television ad that encourages citizens to vote in favor of Ballot Question 1, which would allow Mainers to repeal a recent law that imposed a redefinition of marriage on the people. The complaint fails to mention that the ad was created in response to a “Vote No on One” ad that featured a Nokomis teacher encouraging a “no” vote on Question 1 from a classroom at the high school itself. The complaint is not critical of that ad or the teacher featured in it.

Mendell has 30 days from the date he received a copy of the complaint to respond to it.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. garry permalink
    November 10, 2009 11:44 pm

    I really dont know what is wrong with government and law basically creating a special class of people called homo sexuals. Why do the perverted in their thinking have more rights than the you or I ?
    The government is licencing homos for terrorist type tactics against decent law abiding citizens who have done nothing unlawful. They have given them a licence to terrorize churches. One of the obligations of the christian church is to war with spiritual darkness..and wickedness in high places, its not with flesh and blood. So the church now has homosexuals coming in and demanding to be married,Its not going to happen!!! They may want to belong, which is fine but they want to carry on with sexual perversion as well, and this is being sanctioned by government . This is the same as the U.S. government flying Alkaida over to the states to do their work.
    Everyone has to think about whats going on here and put a stop to it. WAKE UP.


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