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07/11/2011

Video: On steps of historic Basilica, singing praise for civil equality #MNUnited

by Jeremy Hooper

Before this year's Basilica Block Party, annually held at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, there were calls to boycott the event on the basis of the Catholic church's efforts to put a gay marriage ban on the state's 2012 ballot and sustaining efforts to pass said ban when it comes up for a vote. But performer Michael Franti has a different strategy: To show up and speak clear, peaceful truth right from the stage:


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*SEE ALSO: Franti's statement on why he chose to perform

Those are some good, hearty cheers. Cheers we're going to need come the fall of '12. Cheers that continue to show the considerable divide between the Catholic leadership's indefatigable push against basic civil rights and lay Catholics' growing support for a church that minds its own faithful business.

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