Under the banner “Redefinition of Marriage and Your Life”, executive director of the anti-LGBT Christian Civic League of Maine Carroll Conley is asking supporters to answer a single survey question: “How will the redefinition of marriage affect your church, school, business, or family?”.
The Christian Civic League of Maine, also known as Maine Family Policy Council, opposed Maine’s new marriage equality law. Maine voters affirmed the law by voting 52.7% to 47.3% for Maine Question 1 on Nov. 6, 2012.
There is only one reason for CCLM to ask their anti-gay supporters now, before same-sex marriages can begin on December 29th, to imagine the unknowable future rather than to wait a year and ask them recount how it actually went: a desperate grab for relevancy.
In losing the Question 1 vote, CCLM has lost its primary reason for existence. Still, they may be able to tread water a little longer with this invitation to conjure terrifying visions of the future. CCLM must persuade its supporters that CCLM is still needed to protect them from the tidal wave of discrimination that CCLM asks them to imagine they’re about to face.
After answering the survey question, the survey taker is informed that “We appreciate your input and may include your comments in our weekly e-mail.” Look for the most hair-raising of the comments to be delivered in a fundraising email. CCLM has to cash in on those dark imaginings now, before the light of reality dawns over their supporters.