Maine Bishop Opposes Gay Marriage

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The leader of Maine's Roman Catholic
diocese has issued a letter opposing gay marriage.

Bishop Richard Malone's letter was read to Catholics at Masses across the state yesterday. The letter calls on them to work to preserve the traditional sacrament of marriage by opposing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.

Malone's letter says redefining marriage strips it of an essential component, "namely the ability and obligation to procreate."

The letter appeared days after a group of Maine ministers from different faiths announced their support for gay marriage.

Demonstrators gathered Saturday in Portland's Monument Square as
part of a national protest against rejection of same-sex marriage by voters in California.

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

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