NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- An advocacy group has delivered a petition with about 7,500 signatures to the Knights of Columbus, asking the Catholic fraternal organization to stop using its money to oppose same-sex marriage.
The group calling itself the Catholics United Education Fund submitted the petition Tuesday to the Knights' headquarters.
The liberal advocacy group, which claims 45,000 members, says the Knights spent more than $600,000 opposing same-sex marriage in the last election cycle. The group says the effort drives younger Catholics away from the faith and that the Knights should focus on serving the poor and vulnerable.
The Knights of Columbus say they support Catholic social teaching, including on moral issues. The group says its first concern has always been charity, and over the past decade has donated more than $1.4 billion and 664 million hours to charitable causes.
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