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Michael Heath

Gambling Puts on a Skirt
By Michael S. Heath
Apr 12, 2005 - 5:03:00 AM

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The Maine Legislature recently created one of the most dangerous “gay rights” laws in the country (one radical homosexual activist group called Equality Maine is bragging that it makes Maine one of only 6 states in the country to legally protect crossdressers and transexuals). They rushed it through the hearing process and floor votes in one week hoping to thwart a people’s veto. It is not possible that this action is only about 2 percent of the population -- that is how many citizens among us choose to identify themselves as “gay,” according to reliable studies.

This issue doesn’t matter that much to politicians. What does matter is money, and career. So what is really going on in Maine?

To get a clear picture we have to go back in time to Election Day 2003. That is the day that the cowboys defeated the Indians. You remember. The horsemen and the Indians were on the ballot with referendum questions demanding the right to control a massive expansion of gambling. The cowboys had the more modest proposal. They wanted slot machines. The Indians were going for the whole enchilada. They wanted a full blown casino in Sanford.

The Indians lost. The cowboys won, but their referendum didn’t give enough to government. It seems that the politicians – or government – wasn’t given enough control or enough of the take. Enter John Baldacci from Bangor. Baldacci is Governor. The slot machine palace was approved for Bangor. Interesting connection.

Last year, Baldacci rewrote the slot machine law to give state government more control, and a bigger piece of the pie thinking that would satisfy good government types like the League. It didn’t.

We wanted then, and we still want now, a revote of the slot machine question. Maine people thought they were voting to help needy elderly Mainers. That is how the slot machine referendum question was marketed. Mainers turned down the Indian casino question by a strong margin, while the cowboys snuck past em using this deceptive ploy.

Maine voters want a straight up or down vote on slot machines, the crack cocaine of gambling. We aim to give it to them.

And that is why the Christian Civic League of Maine is being forced into an unprecedented SECOND people’s veto of “gay rights.” Baldacci from Bangor wants his slot machine palace. He knows that the best way to keep the League from getting the required signatures to create a vote banning slots is to divert our attention. The League is the only group in Maine with the capacity to stop him.

My guess is that he and the gambling lobby rushed the “gay bill” through recently for this purpose. This is the ultimate act of cross dressing. The Governor put a gay skirt on his Bangor slot machine palace hoping to once again divert the attention of the good people of Maine.

When we campaigned against the casino and slot machine bills in 2003 we held a meeting in Eliot. Tony Perkins, a legislator from Louisiana spoke to us. That state is ten years down the road with slots. Perkins told us that the slots are in all the mom and pops now, and the gamblers are running Louisiana politics.

Make no mistake, in five years it won’t be Maine people who are running their government if gays and gamblers are given the reins. It will be money (greed) and power.

All the more reason to make both the peoples veto and the No Slots for Maine efforts succeed.

Petitions for both efforts are available from the League office in Augusta. Call 1-800-769-4132.


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