Maine's unusually gloomy summer is a symptom of gay marriage, one foe says.

In an editorial published Friday in The Times Record, Michael S. Heath, head of the Christian Civic League of Maine, a group backing a “people's veto” to repeal gay marriage in the state, links Maine's lack of sunshine to the legalization of gay marriage in the spring.

Heath says the “moral climate in Maine has caused the sun to hide its face in shame.”

“In May, our elected officials overturned a law of nature, and in its place paid honor to evil and unnatural practices. Our leaders allowed a cloud of error to hide the light of reason, and then the rain began. How fitting that this eclipse of human reason is mirrored by the disappearance of the sun!”

As the global economic meltdown began last fall, Heath also blamed gay men and lesbians for that calamity.

In a September 25th blog post titled The Nation Will Right Itself If It Fixes Sex, he says that the financial crisis is a symptom of America's sinful sexual culture, including the acceptance of gay unions.

“Our crisis is a symptom, not the cause,” says Heath. “I am not saying I know whether this financial crisis is God's judgment or not. It is not for me to know that definitively.”

But Heath does go on to list policy changes that would make God “crack a smile,” including: End abortion rights and defund non-profit groups supporting it, amend state constitutions to ban gay marriage and eliminate domestic partnerships and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, and end discrimination against private religious schools and homeschools.

In Friday's editorial, Heath also claims that the newly enacted gay marriage law, which includes numerous exemptions for religious groups, discriminates against the “person of conscience.”

“Clearly, it is not the homosexuals who are being discriminated against,” he says. “It is the average citizen, the school teacher, the businessman, the pastor or physician who is being hauled before courts, fined and, in some cases, imprisoned.”

“In modern America, it is not the homosexual who is persecuted, it is the person of conscience.”

Earlier in the month, opponents of gay marriage in Maine, led by the National Organization for Marriage, the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, and the Catholic Diocese of Portland submitted sufficient signatures to force a November public vote on gay marriage.