MAINE: Christian Activist Abandons Ballot Drive To Remove “Sexual Orientation” From Human Rights Act

The Bangor Daily News reports:

A push to remove protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation from the Maine Human Rights Act has been abandoned, according to the person who started it. Michael Heath of Chelsea said Thursday that he will not submit the 61,123 signatures from registered Maine voters required to put a referendum question on the statewide ballot. Heath, who launched the effort in April of 2016, faces a deadline of Saturday to submit the signatures.

“No, I am not going to file it,” Heath said Thursday during a telephone call with the Bangor Daily News. He declined to answer any other questions. For more than a decade, Heath, former head of the Christian Civic League of Maine, has been one of the state’s leading opponents of equal rights based on sexual orientation. His proposal sought to remove the words “sexual orientation” from numerous places in which the Maine Human Rights Act discusses protections for Mainers.

When Health first announced the ballot drive last year, he declared that his ultimate goal was a referendum to have homosexuality re-criminalized in Maine.

PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Mike Heath declares that gays want to export sodomy to all the planets in the universe. The Christian Civic League gets kicked out out of Maine’s anti-gay coalition over Mike Heath’s deranged claims that gay marriage will lead to crop failure. Mike Heath tags along with Porno Pete for their hilariously unattended “press conference” in protest of IML in Chicago. Mike Heath declares that he has applied for a concealed firearm permit to defend himself against murderous gays.