Marriage Fight Divides MN Catholics

Minneapolis Star Tribune
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August 20, 2012

About 20 Catholics sat on folding chairs and old sofas in Ed Burg's basement, snacking on cookies and candy and talking about why they don't like the proposed marriage amendment.

"It's a matter of further restriction on gay or GLBT people of whom there are number in my family, particularly my son," said Burg, 88, who attends St. Edward's Catholic Church in Bloomington.

Last week's meeting was one of several recently organized by Catholics who oppose the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, putting them at odds with Catholic bishops and underscoring the deep divide and tension among Catholics over the issue of gay marriage. On Wednesday, several hundred Catholics met in Minneapolis' Loring Park to sing, dance, pray and show support for same-sex marriage.

Polls show that Catholics are one of the most LGBT supportive of any Christian denomination. See our post with Catholics singing a hymn of God's love and inclusion.