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Catholic Church Raised $750K for Minn. Marriage Amendment

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Feb 2, 2012

A number of religious and anti-gay marriage organizations raised large sums of money last year in order to prevent same-sex marriage from becoming legalized in Minnesota.

The Catholic Church was one of the biggest supporters of the proposed amendment to the state's constitution as the Minnesota Catholic Conference raised $750,000 last year, the Crookston Times reported. The organization's executive director, Jason Adkins, said that the Archdioceses of Saint Paul donated $650,000 of the $750,000 and Minneapolis and the Dioceses of New Ulm and Duluth both donated $50,000 to the campaign. Adkins said that the group then gave $350,000 to Minnesota for Marriage, an anti-gay marriage organization.

"Marriage as a union between one man and one woman is an essential teaching of the Church and a fundamental value that serves the common good of society," Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a statement.

Minnesota for Marriage claims that it had more than 10,000 volunteers that helped raise $830,000 last year to help ban gay marriage in the state.

"We have demonstrated substantial and broad-based support for preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said John Helmberger, chairman of Minnesota for Marriage.

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) said that it raised more than $284,000 in 2011. The group claims that it donated $250,000 to Minnesota for Marriage and that contributions came from membership dues.

"NOM has deliberately evaded Minnesota's public disclosure laws," the Human Rights Campaign's president Joe Solmonese said in a statement. "We've seen this move before in plenty of other states. This is part of NOM's systematic attempt across the country to oppose public disclosure and hide its donors. In Minnesota, they have taken it to a whole new level. We believe that NOM and others may be secretly telling people to contribute to them instead of directly to the campaign so that they can avoid public disclosure. The contrast between seven individuals opposing marriage equality and thousands of pro-equality supporters is quite revealing."

Although the Minnesota Family Council (an organization that is also supporting the amendment) did not reveal how much money they raised, they did state that they gave $226,000 to Minnesota for Marriage last year and spent $120,000 backing the amendment.

"Financial and volunteer support are right on target," Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council, said in a statement.

Minnesotans United for All Families, an alliance of groups that opposes the amendment, says it raised $1.2 million last year.

Currently, Minnesota does not recognize same-sex marriages on the state level but 12 cities have legalized domestic partnerships, including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth. Since 1993, the state has implemented hate crime laws and anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT citizens.


  • , 2012-02-02 21:17:38

    How much money has the catholic church raised I compensate all the alter boys their priests have molested over the last 2012 years?

  • nick, 2012-02-02 22:05:42

    The Catholic Church - my old alma mater....gotta love them. They’re closing Catholic elementary schools all over Long Island here for lack of funds, heterosexual divorce is at an all time high, American folk are struggling to make ends meet, and what does the church do? They raise $750k to put an amendment to not allow gays to marry....gotta love the church. Them people have their PRIORITIES straight! glad my family and I left their church.

  • , 2012-02-02 22:39:29

    The hypocrisy of the church is at long last being recognized by everyone. The reason people are leaving the catholic church is not because they are descending into the depths of sin, but because the church has, and by covering it up for so long they show how the catholic clergy doesn’t follow their own teachings. Same with the evangelicals. They combine ignorance with stupidity. What kind of gun would Jesus carry?

  • fleebness, 2012-02-03 05:45:00

    Their involvement in our politics demands they pay taxes to our government.

  • , 2012-02-03 08:18:04

    The evangelicals can’t afford it. They’re too busy stockpiling guns for the civil unrest during the rapture. By the way, if these people are SO convinced of their moral and religious high ground then why do they need guns at all? Aren’t they going to be snapped up to heaven in a flash? Isn’t that what all their religious BS is about? Hmm, maybe they aren’t so secure in their beliefs...

  • , 2012-02-03 16:50:17

    the churches need to remember the seperation of church and state if they want get involved in politics pay taxes on church property.they

  • Wayne M., 2012-02-04 20:46:05

    No one can dispute the right of the Roman Catholic Church or any church to set certain rules for their own members. In fact, there has never been any interference with that right of the church as evidenced by the fact the RC church has not only set their rules on who they will marry, but there is no interference with their right to require an unmarried priesthood. However, no church must be ceded the right to determine the laws for those who are not members of their own denomination. Not only is the RC attack on marriage equality an act of political involvement (abusing tax laws on charitable status) and an attack on equality rights for same-sex couples, but it is a violation of freedom of religion since many religions, including Christian churches, do not accept their teachings concerning who may or may not marry. -- Wayne M.

  • , 2012-02-08 03:09:48

    Whatever happened to seperation of church and government. Marriage wasnt made for the church. It was created for people who love each other. Kardashian marriages should be banned.

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