400,000 Catholics asked to help pay for marriage amendment ads

With just weeks to go before a vote in Minnesota on a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage, state bishops in a letter to Minnesota Catholics this week are asking them to contribute to Minnesota for Marriage, the leading pro-amendment group, the Star Tribune reports. It's an unusually direct and explicit ask of the church's faithful, one observer says.
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With just weeks to go before a vote in Minnesota on a ballot measure that would ban gay marriage, state bishops in a letter to Minnesota Catholics this week are asking them to donate money to Minnesota for Marriage, the leading pro-amendment group, the Star Tribune reports. It's an unusually direct and explicit ask of the church's faithful, one observer says.

Minnesota for Marriage aims to counter Minnesotans United for All Families, which launched TV ads last week. In one of those ads, a Catholic couple discusses why they oppose the amendment.

In other news, Minnesota for Marriage has put up 25 pro-amendment billboards in the Twin Cities, Duluth, St. Cloud and Rochester.

The vote on Nov. 6 could be close, according to one recent poll.

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