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03/26/2010

The rosary vs. the ring finger: St. Paul, Minnesota edition

by Jeremy Hooper

Look out, Minnesota. The man who most everyone involved on the pro-Prop 8 side of the debate credits as being the sole most important guiding voice, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, is coming to St. Paul next month to rally Catholics for the cause of "reclaiming" marriage. And he's bringing along with him Maggie Gallagher, the person who flat-out admits that she "was asked to fly to San Diego in October of 2007" to begin working with Cordileone on what would eventually become Prop 8:

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Event info (*be sure to also note the support for the "Manhattan Declaration," a doc with some pretty eye-opening signatures)

So why is this important? Well, because Minnesota, which neighbors marriage-allowing Iowa, is currently without a anti-equality amendment. Which means that the push is on from both sides:

Maggie laid the groundwork with Cordileone in California, and we know from her own admission that she held private meetings with one of Maine's biggest anti-equality Catholics, Bishop Malone, in the early days of that ballot fight. Plus the NOM-Catholic coalition has been the major donor in these ballot initiative states. And in every jurisdiction where this has been in contention, we know that the Catholic community has been rallied with the fury of a thousand Hail Marys, with church bulletins turned into fundraisers, vote-getters, and general condemnations of our civil -- civil, civil, did we mention, CIVIL!??! -- equality.

Do not ignore this evidence of a new push, Minnesota! The time to start caring is NOW!
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**NOTE: Unlike Maine and California, Minnesota does not have an initiative/referendum process. It would be up to the legislature to put an amendment before the voters, which seems unlikely now, but is not outside the realm of possibility in the future.

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I'm sick and tired of people hijacking christianity....or the Bible.

They aren't all like that....listen to Derek Webb's song "What Matters More" maybe inundate Mag's with the MP3!!

Posted by: Jen | Mar 26, 2010 10:40:22 AM

What needs to be done is a direct action like ACTUP used to do. Get a bunch of people together, go to this "event" wait until everyone gets good and setteled in, then start waving the flags and banners and chanting and screaming at the people there until the cops come to break it up.

Posted by: Mykelb | Mar 28, 2010 11:38:05 PM

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