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Catholic Church spent $2 million trying to prevent marriage equality

The Roman Catholic Church hierarchy funneled $2 million into efforts to advance discrimination against LGBT people in the four marriage ballot states of Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington this election cycle. An updated HRC report provides a snapshot of just how much money the Church, along with its close ally the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), poured into campaigns aimed solely at combating marriage equality

In Minnesota, the Roman Catholic Church spent upwards of $1.3 million, funding nearly 25 percent of the attempts to write discrimination into the state’s constitution. The Church’s funding included hundreds of thousands of dollars from dioceses across the country. The report also highlights the Roman Catholic Church’s donations to states where voters affirmed marriage equality – more than $100,000 in Maine; well over a quarter-million dollars in Maryland; and $307,000 in Washington.

Chad Griffin

“The American people went to the polls and affirmed one of the core values of the Roman Catholic Church: the belief that all humans are worthy of dignity, respect, and love,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The Church and NOM can continue pouring money into discriminating against LGBT people, but the writing is on the wall for their anti-equality agenda. The Roman Catholic hierarchy should be focusing on taking actions that actually improve people’s lives, not spending precious resources on spreading malicious lies aimed at tearing down an entire community of people.”

 



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Posted by Associate Editor on Nov 17, 2012. Filed under Breaking News, Top Highlights. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

3 Comments for “Catholic Church spent $2 million trying to prevent marriage equality”

  1. Why shoulnt they,,,,there are people and institutions who object ! Home sexuals had equality of a civil partnership.but thats not enouch now its marriage.What next the ability to bear children.Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband…and do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband…I now declare you husband and husband….so it follows ,go forth and multiply !!

  2. Freedom of religion ought to coincide with freedom from it.

  3. if only the church had spend that money for poor instead of spending against marriage equality!!! the irony is that church says ” the poor are always there” and go on making others poorer by their seeking donations n service taxes right, left n centre.

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