Archdiocese donated to defeat Maine gay marriage

Posted Nov. 12, 2009, at 1:49 p.m.

ST. LOUIS — The Archdiocese of St. Louis says Archbishop Robert Carlson used $10,000 in discretionary funds to support the successful effort to prevent legalization of gay marriage in Maine.

Such money, from private gifts, has been used previously to financially support everything from disaster relief to anti-abortion efforts. Tax-exempt religious organizations can’t support a candidate, but they can advocate for issues.

The Jefferson City diocese donated $2,000 to the effort. The Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese gave $500.

Dioceses in Philadelphia and Phoenix gave $50,000 each.

Maine voters repealed a state law earlier this month that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry.

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