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Catholic Bishops Give $200,000 to Ban Gay Marriage

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Campaign finance records show the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops has given $200,000 to back a Nov. 4
ballot initiative that would change the California Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage.

ProtectMarriage.com, a coalition that sponsored Proposition 8, reported the contribution to the California Secretary of State onTuesday. The Washington-based conference represents the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.

Along with Mormons and evangelical Christians, Catholics have been active participants in the coalition of religious groups working to pass the initiative.

Donations totaling $1.4 million have made The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, the largest institutional donor to the Yes-on-8 campaign.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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