During a recent tour for traditional marriage in Maine, volunteers with The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) saw pro-marriage yard signs get unlawfully removed or destroyed by pro-homosexual advocates.
Some of the unsettling incidents occurred on Congress Street, downtown Portland, from October 29—31 and were caught on video.
The blue and yellow yard signs read: “Don’t redefine marriage. Vote NO on question one. Marriage = 1 man + 1 woman.”
Same-sex “marriage” advocates ignored state law which protects such signs: “A person who takes, defaces or disturbs a lawfully placed sign bearing political messages relating to a general election, primary election or referendum commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture of up to $250 may be adjudged.” (§1917-A. Unlawful removal of political signs)
“Free speech is just about dead in some parts of Portland,” said TFP Student Action Director John Ritchie.
“Every time our volunteers put up yard signs in favor of traditional marriage on Congress Street, pro-homosexual advocates damaged or destroyed them. In less than five minutes, the signs were all vandalized. When new ones went up, those were trashed too,” he said. “We found zero tolerance. Zero fairness. Zero free speech.”
However, TFP volunteers were very well received in other cities including Augusta, Auburn, Lewiston, Scarborough, Saco, Biddeford and Old Orchard Beach where they held rallies in defense of marriage between one man and one woman and distributed 10 Reasons Why Same-Sex "Marriage" Is Harmful fliers.