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Complaints dismissed against gay marriage critic

April 12, 2010

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AUGUSTA, Maine—A state licensing board has thrown out two complaints against a public high school social worker who appeared in a TV ad last fall against gay marriage in Maine.

The complaints accused Don Mendell, a counselor and social worker at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, of violating the professional code of ethics for social workers by appearing in an ad urging voters to overturn a law that legalized gay marriage.

Voters in November approved a referendum that shot down the state's gay-marriage law, which had been passed by the Legislature earlier in the year.

Officials said the Board of Social Worker Licensure dropped the complaints Friday after finding insufficient evidence that Mendell had violated the code of ethics.

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