PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine social service agency that works with the homeless is losing $50,000 in grants from the Catholic church for supporting same sex marriage.
The Portland Press Herald says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland and a national Catholic group are withdrawing support from the Preble Street Homeless Voices for Justice program.
The church says Preble Street violated its grant agreement by supporting Maine’s “No on 1″ campaign last fall that overturned a gay marriage law.
Preble Street lost $17,400 this year and $33,000 it had expected to receive next year.
The diocese says agencies that receive funding must agree to conform to the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church and that Preble Street agreed to that.