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MN Gay Marriage Vote Divides State’s Clergy

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Members of Minnesota’s clergy are increasingly taking sides on the amendment to ban gay marriage in the state constitution.

This weekend a group of Catholic churchgoers opposed to the amendment are kicking off a campaign called “Catholics Vote No!”

It’s just the latest in a long list of recent organizing efforts by the faithful that’s pitting some denominations against others and in some cases splitting believers from within the same faith.

Catholic Church leaders in Minnesota are strongly in favor of the amendment and have contributed money toward its passage. But some rank and file Catholics and retired and former priests say that doesn’t reflect the strong divergence of opinion within the church.

The campaigns for and against the amendment have both recruited help from church leaders of various faiths.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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