Maine's top Catholic speaks against marriage equality

Associated Press
October 29, 2012

The former Roman Catholic bishop of Maine is urging the state’s Catholics to vote against efforts to legalize marriage equality in the state.

In a statement Thursday, Bishop Richard Malone said Catholics who support marriage for same-sex couples are “unfaithful to Catholic doctrine.”

A marriage referendum is on the ballot Nov. 6.

Malone, now administrator of the Maine diocese after being appointed bishop of the Buffalo, N.Y., Diocese, says a “Catholic whose conscience has been properly formed by scripture and church teaching cannot justify a vote for a candidate or referendum question” that opposes church teachings.

A group called Catholics for Marriage Equality says it’s placing ads in three Maine newspapers urging residents to support marriage equality.

Malone calls the organization, as well as a group that supports abortion rights, “dissident” groups.