WHEN: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7PM
WHERE: GORHAM HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
ADMISSION IS FREE AND ALL ARE WELCOME!!!
CLOSE TO HOME, an original dramatic production written and performed by Mainers, is touring the state this fall to raise awareness and facilitate community dialogue about the November 8th civil rights referendum. Our group is committed to educating Maine audiences about the content of the referendum and the hurtful effects of discrimination in our communities.
Referendum ..1, which would remove the category of “sexual orientation” from the Maine law protecting citizens from discrimination in employment, housing or access to public accommodations, has been brought to the ballot through a petition drive organized by Michael Heath and his organization, the Christian Civic League (CCL.) The CCL would have voters believe that discrimination based on sexual orientation does not exist and therefore requires no specific protection by the law.
Discrimination does exist. It happens in Maine, and real people are affected. The law should protect Maine citizens from discrimination of all types, including discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality or gender identity or expression.Maine needs to stand firm with the rest of our New England states in offering this protection to our citizens.
The referendum that will be put before the voters on November 8th asks the question: "Do you want to repeal the law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?" Our performance will help voters understand that voting NO will preserve Maine’s current law.