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Roman Catholic Hierarchy Doubles Down against Marriage Equality

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Roman Catholic Church leaders are vowing to continue working against marriage equality, despite historic victories at the polls for equality last week. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is choosing to ignore the equality mandate evident in the victories in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington; as well as in the election of Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate and the re-election of President Obama. Instead, the AP reports that the bishops insist they were simply outspent.

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, a leading voice against LGBT equality and one of the Prop 8 architects, said Church leadership must be more “persuasive” in pushing its discriminatory agenda:

The election is a symptom of a much larger problem. Most people don't understand what marriage is.

Polling indicates that a large majority of Roman Catholics – nearly 60 percent – support marriage equality. And Catholics broke for President Obama over Mitt Romney last week, 50 to 48 percent. 

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