Backed by the success of a get-out-the-vote effort to defeat a homosexual-rights law in Maine, a rejuvenated Christian Coalition is eyeing new links with churches around the country.

By a 51 percent to 49 percent margin, Maine on February 10 became the first state to repeal a homosexual-rights law, which had been passed by the state legislature last year to ban discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation. Christian Coalition maintained that the law provided "special rights."

The group helped distribute 240,000 voter guides in churches and mail another 100,000 postcards to registered voters. In the process, the Chesapeake, Virginia- based organization added 77,000 households to its mailing list.

The coalition then announced plans to recruit 100,000 "church liaisons" to help oppose forces such as gambling and pornography.

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