Churches in Maine have begun taking up offerings to support a campaign opposing same-sex marriage in that state.
They're raising money for the "Protect Marriage Maine" political action committee. The offerings are the kickoff to a fundraising campaign to oppose a statewide referendum in November.
"The messaging we're using is that those who are seeking to redefine marriage in Maine believe there's no difference between moms and dads," Carroll Conley Jr., executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, told the Associated Press (ITALICS).
"We believe those differences are relevant," he said. "We don't think the differences in the genders are societally imposed roles, and we believe that children benefit when they're in that ideal environment where there's a mom and dad."
Opponents of gay marriage say they expect to be far outspent by those who support it.