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As Schools Close, Catholic Organizations Spend Wildly to Stop Equal Rights

As stories appear in Catholic and secular newspapers bemoaning the closings of Catholic schools, remember that Catholic organizations chose to spend millions of dollars to preserve legal discrimination in the United States of America. The Catholic group Knights of Columbus spent $1.2 million to outlaw same-sex marriage in California in 2008, making it the biggest [...]

In Public: Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Pleads Poverty. In Private: Arizona Church Funnels Money to Anti-Gay Campaign in Maine

Arizona’s Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has put on a public face of economic hardship this year:

A poor economy is now affecting the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix eliminated 17 positions, which has resulted in 11 layoffs along with two other positions being cut to part-time.

Among those let go were the [...]

Marc Mutty On Leave? Salary of SFMM Director Still Paid by Roman Catholic Church

Until June of this year, Marc Mutty’s job title was Director of Public Affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Then his job title switched, and he became the Chair of Stand for Marriage Maine, a group trying to make same-sex marriage against the law in Maine. News reports consistently describe Marc Mutty as [...]

Less than Half of Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland Anti-Gay Money Actually Comes From Maine

A little while ago, I wrote that a whopping 86% of the campaign cash contributed to Stand for Marriage Maine (the anti-gay organization fighting to repeal same-sex marriage in Maine) in the 3rd Quarter of 2009 came from just four religious organizations. Those organizations, and the dollar amounts they contributed in the 3rd Quarter, are

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Fundraising: Maine No on 1 Blows Anti-Gay Forces Out of the Water

November 3, Mainers go to the polls and vote on whether to reject Maine’s new same-sex marriage law. Fundraising totals for the third quarter of 2009 are out for the NO on 1 and YES on 1 forces. The main Maine NO on 1 organization, NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality, has raised more [...]

Maine Catholic Diocese Holds Collection for Marriage Inequality, Lets Churches Close

Which is more important to the Roman Catholic Church: carrying on its religious mission, or taking away the equal rights of gay people?

Earlier this year, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland gave us its answer. The diocese, which has jurisdiction over all catholic churches in Maine, had $100,000 at its disposal. Rather than spend [...]

State of Maine OKs Same-Sex Marriage: Catholic Church and Focus on the Family Ready Their Money Machines

The wheels of representative democracy are turning in Maine. Last week, the Maine Senate passed LD 1020, a bill affirming the right of same-sex couples to get married in the state of Maine and reiterating the right of churches to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Yesterday, the Maine Senate passed LD 1020 and today Governor [...]

Maine House Takes up Same-Sex Marriage Bill Today

Voting begins today in the Maine House on same-sex marriage bill LD 1020 after strong support in public hearings and approval by the Maine Senate. Look for the bill to pass, if not today then this week: support is strong among Maine Democrats, who have a majority in the legislative body. Representatives of the Catholic [...]