Ex-priests oppose Minn. marriage amendment 18 May 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A group of 80 former Catholic priests has come out against a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

John Estrem, a former rector at the Cathedral of St. Paul, said Thursday the church he knows is about love and inclusion.

The November ballot measure would define marriage as between one man and one woman, and is strongly supported by the Roman Catholic Church.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the Minnesota Catholic Conference released a statement saying that only marriage between one man and one woman “is consistent with the Gospel and the demands of justice.”

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