A social worker in Maine paid a price for supporting traditional
marriage in the past.
Social worker Don Mendell had an excellent record in 2009,
before he took a stand in support of traditional marriage,
recording an ad aired on the state television outlets. The ad
encouraged Maine voters to roll back a law passed by the
legislature that legalized homosexual marriage. In an interview with the National
Organization for Marriage, Mendell says that at that time there
was also an English teacher, who was a homosexual activist, and did
an opposing ad.
"She did an ad for the gay marriage campaign to defeat the
referendum," Mendell says. "She did the ad in our high school."
Proponents of traditional marriage recruited Mendell, a highly
respected social worker, to do their ad in a private studio for the
sake of children to be raised in a home with a mother and
"I had complaints lodged against me, and the Maine State Board
of Licensure held a hearing to basically see if I was competent, or
as people might say, 'fit to be a practitioner of social work,'" he
"That was quite an awakening to be brought before the school
board there and have to defend myself."
In time, Mendell's 36-year career at the school ended and he was
transferred to other jobs. No action was taken against the teacher
for doing the pro-homosexual ad.
Again this November, Maine voters are to go to the polls to
defend traditional marriage. Whether supporters show up at the
polls and take a stand remains to be seen.