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04/16/2010

Gopher Staters against Maggie & Sal's out-of-state burrowing

by Jeremy Hooper

On a couple of occasions already, we've told you about an anti-marriage equality speaking engagement that Maggie Gallagher and Bishop Salvatore Cordileone (who is widely credited as the "father of Prop 8") have planned for St Paul, Minnesota. And now, the time is upon us: That speech, billed under the misleading and offensive heading "Reclaiming the Culture of Marriage and Life," is scheduled for this Saturday at the University of Saint Thomas, a local Catholic school.

Fortunately, the local LGBT community is not going to let this duo recruit a coalition for the sole purpose of fighting LGB people's love without making sure their neighbors hear about what's really going on. This from The Minnesota Independent:

“Along with Maggie Gallagher and Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, instigators of California’s Proposition 8, are coming to the University of Saint Thomas to bring their campaign of discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people to Minnesota,” Amy Johnson, executive director of OutFront Minnesota, said in a statement. “Fair-minded Minnesotans who agree that all families should be protected under law are speaking out.”

The protest will take place in front of the University of St. Thomas on Saturday, April 17, at 9:15 a.m. at Cretin and Summit Avenue.

“We ask Archbishop Nienstedt to join us in speaking out against discrimination of any kind. Polls show that Catholics in the pew support equality of GLBT people more than any other Christian tradition,” Michael Bayly, Executive Coordinator of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities, said. “Historic Catholic teachings value both faith and reason. We value human rights, but our Catholic officials ignore these values when it comes to the lives of GLBT people. It is time for Catholic officials to support justice and fairness for all people.”

Protest planned for archdiocese event featuring Prop 8 leaders [Minnesota Independent]

We have marriages. We have culture. We have life. What Maggie, Salvatore, and anti-civil equality Catholics should reclaim is the values of church/state separation, resisting attacks against certain communities (something Catholics historically have experience themselves), and protecting children in the concrete, headline-grabbing form that continues to rock their church, and not in the fear-mongered, headline-grabbing way that has been exploited in socially conservative politics.

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