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By Jerry Harkavy
FALMOUTH, Maine — Gov. Angus
King denounced violence and reaf-
firmed his support of gay rights at a
rally prompted by concern about the
recent beating of a gay doctor.
"Violence under any guise is
wrong," said King, who urged leaders
of the successful effort to repeal Maine's
gay rights law to send their supporters
the message that the referendum out-
come does not pave the way for harass-
He calls on organizers of successful gay rights repeal
effort to ‘take responsibility’ for actions of supporters
ment of gays and lesbians.
The governor pointed to the assassi-
nation of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin two years ago as an extreme
example of the violence that can take
place when impressionable followers
act on what they interpret as the beliefs
of their leaders.
"You cannot unleash these dark
forces and then disclaim responsibili-
ty," said King, noting that there has
been a rash of reports of incidents tar-
geted at gay people since the referen-
A standing-room crowd of about 200
packed the Falmouth Congregational
Church for what organizers billed as a
community speakout against fear and
The Thursday night meeting was
near the spot where Dr. Charles
Mitchell was attacked while jogging.
Although police have found no evi-
dence that the daylight attack was moti-
vated by Mitchell's sexual orientation,
the van he was driving was decorated
with gay symbols and investigators
have not ruled out the possibility that
he was the target of a hate crime.
The Portland psychiatrist, who suf-
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Fearing tourist backlash, 2 towns
in state mull gay rights ordinances
BAR HARBOR, Maine —
Supporters of gay rights ordinances in
two Maine tourist towns say they are
motivated by economic considerations
as well as by a desire to prevent dis-
Chamber of Commerce officials in
Camden and Bar Harbor expressed
fear that some would-be vacationers
may boycott all of Maine this summer
without realizing that both towns sup-
port gay rights.
Camden and Bar Harbor voted
about 3-1 in favor of the gay rights leg-
islation that was narrowly defeated by
voters in the Feb. 10 referendum.
After two of its members raised the
issue Tuesday night, the Bar Harbor
Town Council voted to ask the town
attorney to draft an ordinance that
would be a focus for debate at a future
The night before, Camden real
estate broker Susan Dorr asked the
Board of Selectmen to adopt a gay
"It just makes use Of the very clear
message that Camden voters have said
twice on this matter," said Dorr, who
pointed to the town's strong anti-dis-
crimination stance in two statewide
"This is an important area to
explore, to say unequivocally that
Camden won't discriminate," Dorr
While expressing support for gay
rights, selectmen instructed the town
attorney to review the legal ramifica-
tions and advised the town manager to
seek information on local anti-discrim-
If the proposals pass, the two coastal
towns would join Portland and Long
Island as the only Maine communities
with gay rights ordinances on the
A leader in the gay rights campaign,
Karen Geraghty of Maine Won't
Discriminate, said she could under-
stand the frustration of townspeople
that prompted the local efforts but reit-
erated that a statewide law was the
"Every citizen in Maine ought to
have the same basic rights," Geraghty
said. "I don't think that if you grow up
in Bangor that you ought to have to
move to Portland "or Camden or any
other place in order to have protection
against discrimination." ▼
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