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Portland Archdiocese Funneling Money to Fund Anti-Gay Discrimination in Minnesota

New HRC report finds money being siphoned from Dioceses around the country to fund political campaigns aimed at discrimination.

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(WASHINGTON DC) - The Portland Archdiocese has sent $1,000 to Minnesota specifically for the purpose of funding anti-gay discrimination. The finding is part of a new report from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights (LGBT) organization, that shows the Roman Catholic Church and its ally, the National Organization for Marriage, are responsible for funding nearly 60 percent of all anti-equality efforts in the four states where marriage equality for same-sex couples is on the ballot this fall: Minnesota, Maryland, Washington and Maine.

The influx of money from Portland is part of $180,000 from Dioceses across the country that has gone into the battle in Minnesota. Parishioners were likely unaware that their donations were being directed out-of-state, as opposed toward local shelters, domestic violence program, and diocesan facilities upkeep.

The Portland Archdiocese made this donation despite the fact that a strong majority of Catholics – nearly 60 percent – support marriage equality. In fact, many Catholics support equality for specifically because they feel the Catholic Church’s social doctrine compels them to treat everyone with dignity, love, and respect. Instead, the Roman Catholic leadership in Portland is choosing to use Church dollars to fund discrimination.

“The Catholic Church hierarchy has positioned itself as the leading religious organization funding discrimination against LGBT people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Perhaps most disturbing is the number of local parishes redirecting the hard-earned dollars of its members in the name of discrimination. The majority of Catholics support equality for LGBT people – they want their dollars funding things like soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and domestic violence programs; not discrimination against people several states away. The Church hierarchy owes the laity an explanation as to why they are spending this much money on discrimination, and at what cost to other crucial Church programs.”

The HRC report, available at, breaks down publicly reported in-kind and cash expenditures from the Church hierarchy and the Knights of Columbus to the four ballot states. In Minnesota, the Church has funded over 50 percent of the effort to write discrimination into the state constitution – spending over $608,000. That figure includes significant investments from the Knights of Columbus, as well as thousands of dollars from small parishes all across the country.

The hefty financial investments from the Catholic Church come as bishops in some of the largest faith communities in the country speak out with increasing frequency against LGBT people. In San Francisco, the newly appointed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was one of the chief architects of Proposition 8. Under his guidance, Catholic organizations in California led the charge in financing the Prop 8 campaign. In Newark, New Jersey, Archbishop John J. Myers has called on supporters of marriage equality to abstain from receiving Communion. And in Minneapolis-St. Paul, parishioners have walked out of services as pastors read letters against marriage equality from Archbishop John C. Nienstedt.

Learn more about the work of the Church hierarchy and its allies in fighting marriage equality this election cycle at

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.



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October 21, 2012 5:02 pm (Pacific time)

I agree with anon at 1:43. ALtho I have no business telling a person who they sleep with, and I personally dont care, it does not effect me, going after the marriage thing is a bit overboard. But keep two things in mind. 1. Its only a very few that care about the marriage thing, this is a covert operation by the very few, its a long story. 2. What has marriage become anyway? You get approval from the government, and if you want a divorce, you again have to get approval? Or is marriage something so you can get tax breaks? Marriage has become nothing more than a government owned ritual. WHich, if you read the books from the globalists, its exactly what they planned, and its the few globalists that have promoted the LGBT marriage agenda. If you read their books, the breakup of the family is one of their main goals. Believe it or not, it is the globalists who caused the entire womens lib movement. Mostly using the media they own. (not against equal rights for women, just letting you know how it came to be)... Social engineering by the globalists has been going on for centuries, but here in the U.S. it really took off around the early 1900's. Medicine/health/education, they took it all over, and until people realize it, they will continue to be guinea pigs to the globalists.

Anonymous October 19, 2012 1:43 pm (Pacific time)

LGBT discriminates against those who hold that marriage is between one man and one woman. So far every state that has had it on the ballot (#18) has voted to uphold the status quo. So call all of us what? Prejudice? It has only been a few judges and legislatures that have legalized homo marriage, against the will of the people. In California over 70% of blacks voted to uphold the staus quo, so are thay also bigots?

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