Minnesota’s Roman Catholic bishops plan a new campaign against same-sex marriages, apparently timed to hit during the last two months of this election season, the Minnesota Independent reports.
Details are still pending, but Bishop John Quinn of the Winona Diocese wrote in a newsletter: “The bishops of Minnesota are alarmed by the continuing attacks on the institution of marriage, and we are taking action.”
He adds, “I hope that you will become one of the thousands of Catholics who have contacted legislators and told them that marriage is a lifetime relationship between one man and one woman.”
MinnIndy said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis hasn’t responded to questions about its role in the marriage campaign but notes that Dennis McGrath, spokesman for the archdiocese, told a blog: “The details are yet to be firmed up. I don’t want to talk about it just yet. This is still kind of taking shape.”
The publication quotes Michael Bayly of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities:
“I’m not surprised that the Minnesota Roman Catholic bishops are planning an anti-marriage equality campaign,” he said. “The good news is that unlike five years ago, they’re now on the defensive, not the offensive.”
Bayly told MinnIndy that the bishops are reacting to marriage equality legislation in the last legislative session and the possibility of Minnesotans electing a governor who supports same-sex marriage. DFLer Mark Dayton and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner support it, while the GOP’s Tom Emmer is opposed.