Catholics makeup the single largest denomination in Minnesota. With more than a million members and hundreds of thousands in financial contributions, Minnesota Public Radio calls the Catholic Church "a powerful force in the debate over a constitutional amendment" that would essentially prohibit gay marriage.
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Catholics for Marriage Equality Minnesota wants Archbishop John Nienstedt to put a stop to the church's support a state Constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. The archdiocese has been a leading contributor to the campaign.
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Former Roman Catholic priest Jim Smith left the church about 10 years ago. He told CNN his main concern was with the church's stance against same-sex marriage. Smith says he is still a Catholic despite actively campaigning against Minnesota's constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between one man and one woman. He has also formed a group to persuade other Catholics to vote against the measure this fall.
Former Minnesota Catholic priests urge 'no' vote on marriage amendment
Flying in the face of the beliefs of the archdiocese, a small group representing more than 80 former Catholic priests from throughout Minnesota gathered Thursday to encourage a "no" on a proposed state amendment that would legally define marriage between a man and a woman. The group said the anti-gay marriage measure would violate the principles of justice and love.
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Archbishop John Nienstedt strongly supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. He says such a ban is in line with the core teachings of the church.
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The American Independent is reporting that someone apparently leaked a speech by Archbishop Nienstedt in which he says any clergy member who disagrees with the church's support of an amendment banning same-sex marriage should remain silent. A website pushing for church reform, Progressive Catholic Voice, published the text on Thursday.
Minn. Catholic school teacher asked to resign over support of gay marriage
Taking a stand against the Catholic Church's stance on gay marriage, a fifth grade teacher in Moorhead is leaving her position as a fifth grade teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Trish Cameron said in a letter to parents that she was told she would not be offered a contract for the next school year because of her response to a question on a self-evaluation.
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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Religious involvement in the debate over the marriage amendment may be stronger in Minnesota than it's been in any of the 30 states that have voted on a definition of marriage. The state's largest denomination, the Catholic church, supports the amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a number of Jewish synagogues oppose it.
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