Focus on local debate: LGBT equal rights
ST. JOHN VALLEY –On Wednesday, the Fiddlehead Focus distributed a paid advertisement for the Maine Marriage Political Action Committee which criticized the Democratic Party for their support of gay marriage, and has prompted several responses from readers who wanted to address the statements and intent of the ad.
In the spirit of the idea that all politics is local, Fiddlehead Focus invites people to use the comment forum of this article to discuss and debate this issue.
We encourage persons who post comments to refrain from using offensive language. We also encourage participants to provide links to sources that support any claims associated with this issue. For example, if someone writes that lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons make up a particular percentage of the population, we would ask the author of the claim to provide a link to a study or an article to substantiate it.
The insert that readers saw was a paid advertisement and does not reflect the opinions, acceptance, endorsement or beliefs of this news organization.
As a news resource, Fiddlehead Focus is ethically unable to disallow advertising, because the members of the Fiddlehead Focus organization might disagree with the people purchasing the advertising, especially political advertising, for several reasons. First, an ad such as this can spark a debate which can then allow persons who support LGBT rights or who would deny LGBT rights to express their beliefs and provide reasoned response to the nature of this civil rights issue. Second, as an organization that makes its bread and butter from the application of the First Amendment, Fiddlehead Focus supports the idea that everyone should have access to the newspaper to express their beliefs in editorials, letters to the editor, online comments and paid advertisements, as long as the content is within the generous guidelines Fiddlehead Focus has established.