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08/23/2011

Oh look: Another state's Catholic leadership gunning for our civil rights. That's different.

by Jeremy Hooper

The Minnesota Family Council, the National Organization For Marriage, and the Minnesota Catholic Conference are the three coalition partners working to alter the state's most precious governing document so that it speaks in a direct, weaponized way against the *civil* rights of same-sex couples. Here's Jason Adkins, executive director of the Catholic Conference, proudly pitting his church against these state rights:

The Minnesota Catholic Conference is actively supporting “Minnesota for Marriage,” the ballot campaign promoting the amendment, and will work with a broad coalition of groups to promote the amendment in a positive, pro-marriage and pro-community way. It is helping to organize a grassroots network of volunteers across the state.

The success of the campaign depends upon the initiative of all Catholics to take an active role in helping with the many activities needed to be done between now and November 2012. Not everyone has the same gifts or interests, but there will be lots of opportunities to use your talents and time.
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We need parishes to provide prayer teams and support; parish leaders or captains who can assist the pastor in various educational efforts in support of marriage and the amendment; help recruiting other volunteers and organizing activity in the parish and local community; help with voter registration drives, phone calls, door knocking and get-out-the-vote efforts later in 2012. Training and resources will be provided.
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To become informed and involved, and for regular marriage amendment campaign updates, please sign up at: http://minnesotaformarriage.com. You can also contact MCC outreach coordinator Cathy Deeds at (651) 256-7583 or email her at cdeeds@mncc.org. Visit “MCC’s Marriage Amendment Resource Page” website for helpful documents on church teaching on marriage, frequently asked questions in the marriage debate, videos and news updates at http://mncc.org/issues/marriage. God is the author of marriage. But we are his hands and feet. Through prayer, fasting and hard work, Catholics will work to preserve his design for marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the benefit of families, children and society. Please join us and stand up for marriage today.

Stand up for marriage, the center of social life [TheCatholicSpirit.com]

No, stop, please, don't. We're good people. We're good citizens. We totally respect true religious freedom. Don't make our lives that much harder.

I mean, really -- what is there to even say about this? Same fight, same church community, same faith overreach, different state. As expected as it is unfair.

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