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Wheel has turned on Catholic Church

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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 6:00 am

The most emotional issue that will appear on the ballot in the General Election in November is the proposed amendment to the state constitution that would declare a marriage to be between a man and a woman only. At the present time there is a law on the books that supports that statement. The Catholic Diocese Duluth has allocated $50,000 and the Twin Cities Diocese has allocated several times that amount to support this amendment.

When this country was organized we had slaves and women could not vote and only land owners could vote. It took 125 years before all these minorities were recognized and given the right to vote.

In the 1920s Grand Rapids had an active Ku Klux Klan that chased minorities including Catholics. During the 1930s the County Auditor had two Catholics working in the office and he was pressured to reduce that number to one. Alan Doran volunteered to resign. World War II changed all that. Minorities fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the majorities. Catholics where accepted as equal citizens and it was OK to hire them.

Apparently the wheel has turned and the Catholic Church, lead by the Catholic bishops, is promoting the proposed amendment that, in effect, writes into our state constitution an amendment that is anti same-sex marriage of a minority group. Do we really want to amend our state constitution with an amendment that is anti-minority?

The bishops are spending $400,000 to promote a “yes” vote on this proposed amendment while many poor Catholics are in need of food, clothes and a place to stay. Can the Bishops justify spending $400,000 when some of their parishioners are in need? We need to vote NO if we believe in America.

Robert Loscheider

Grand Rapids

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