The Catholic church believes acting on homosexual urges, like masturbation, and use of condoms is a mortal sin, and intrinsic evil- in accordance with the bible condemning homosexuals to Hell in the new testament, having these urges but not endorsing them, is not morally evil. Gay marriage, is considered a danger to society itself. Statistics have shown that children need both mother and father, as those without both figures, are more likely to enter crime, especially those without a father figure. The church opposes homosexual marriage- which amounts to state endorsement of what it considers a shorter, on average, more dangerous life.
Globe and Mail article- an excerpt:
"Gay marriage has now lost in every single state – 31 in all – in which it has been put to a popular vote. Gay-rights activists had hoped to buck that trend in Maine – known for its moderate, independent-minded electorate – and mounted an energetic, well-financed campaigning 87 per cent of the precincts reporting, gay-marriage foes had 53 per cent of the votes.
"The institution of marriage has been preserved in Maine and across the nation," declared Frank Schubert, chief organizer for the winning side.
Gay-marriage supporters refused to concede, holding out hope that that the tide might turn as the final returns came in.
"We're here for the long haul and whether it's just all night and into the morning, or it's next week or next month or next year, we will be here," said Jesse Connolly, manager of the pro-gay marriage campaign. "We'll be here fighting. We'll be working. We will regroup.
"At issue was a law passed by the Maine Legislature last spring that would have legalized same-sex marriage. The law was put on hold after conservatives launched a petition drive to repeal it in a referendum.
The outcome marked the first time voters had rejected a gay-marriage law enacted by a legislature. When Californians put a stop to same-sex marriage a year ago, it was in response to a court ruling, not legislation.
Five other states have legalized gay marriage – starting with Massachusetts in 2004, and followed by Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Iowa – but all did so through legislation or court rulings, not by popular vote. In contrast, constitutional amendments banning gay marriage had been approved in all 30 states where they have been on the ballot.
"If we don't win, then Maine will have its place in infamy because no state has ever voted for homosexual marriage," said Chuck Schott of Portland, who stood near a polling place in Maine's biggest city with a pro-repeal campaign sign"
Globe and Mail (Secular; Canadian; Independent; Liberal)