Right-wing crazyperson Michael Heath, formerly of the Christian Civic League and now of the American Family Association (which, if you can believe it, is even farther from the mainstream), plans to run for governor if his supporters gather the 4,000 signatures necessary to get him on the ballot. (via DB)
Update: Scratch that. He quit.
Reprinting some copy from a business's press release might not be that big of a deal, and is a regular practice of the Capital Weekly, but by using the League's words for this story they're also endorsing the League's bigoted worldview. Phrases like "so called same-sex marriage," "campaign against homosexuality" and a description of gay rights as "the most difficult and contentious social issue of our time" pepper the release and the article, which obviously portrays Heath and the League in a completely positive light.
Michael Heath, the fiery anti-gay crusader who has led the far-right Maine Christian Civic League for fifteen years, has resigned. Notice of his departure comes just 45 days away from the statewide referendum on same-sex marriage, the right Heath has most doggedly opposed.
An announcement posted on the League's website (whose writer seems to have forgotten the organization's recent attempt to change its name and image) says that Heath will now be working as a "private consultant." Heath has told the press that he plans to spend time "teaching solar cooking to needy Africans."
This is the third time Heath has offered or announced his resignation from the organization. In 1998, after the League faced a severe drop in donations and an internal dispute over financial records, Heath announced he'd be departing for a job in Washington D.C., which never panned out.
In 2005 Heath wrote that he sensed the Catholic Bishop of Portland felt his leadership was hurting the fight against the gay rights movement. Heath offered to resign, but ended up staying on board.
That's right, much like the legions of the undead, Heath has risen again and again from what seem like career-killing blows. So watch out. He may yet be back to devour your brains and/or civil rights.
The site features a series of videos of Bishop Richard Malone of Portland answering questions from a group of what appear to be well-lit actors and a message to Maine from Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council. The site also has a well-designed form visitors can use to contact their state legislators.
The site doesn't list the backers of what it calls the "Maine Marriage Initiative," but it appears to be a product of the Portland Catholic Diocese and groups associated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family, which is a parent organization of both the Family Research Council and the Maine Family Policy Council, headed by Mike Heath (which until recently was known as the Christian Civic League).
Tony Perkins will be visiting Maine on Sunday to speak at an anti-same sex marriage rally in Augusta. Here's a clip from his recent appearance on the Colbert Report:
The Christian Civic League publicly lashed out at a Maine State Representative today. From Bigot in Chief Michael Heath:
"I am proud of the League for pointing out the connection between Mr. Bliss's political views and his lifestyle. Homosexuality is immoral. Everyone knows it in their hearts, even openly 'gay' candidate Bliss"