Local Catholics Hold "Faith Action Week" Against Amendment
Several Southwest Minneapolis congregations are debating a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
Hundreds of Minnesota churches are holding meetings this weekend organized by a group pushing to stop a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, including one in Southwest Minneapolis.
According to a statement sent out by the group, Minnesotans United for All Families, members of 150 congregations across Minnesota are participating in a "faith action week" to persuade their fellow congregants to vote down the marriage amendment. The statement says amendment opponents will be arguing that the proposal goes against core parts of many faith traditions.
"The events were organized by people of faith across the state to spark conversations about how all people are made in the image of God and how the proposed amendment would limit religious freedom in Minnesota," said Minnesotans United spokesperson Kate Brickman. "Hundreds of events will take place across the state, as faithful Minnesotans continue to speak out against the amendment – not in spite of their faith, but because of their faith."
One of the churches meeting this weekend is Kingfield's Incarnation Catholic Parish. As the Minnesota Catholic Church is a strong supporter of the amendment, church members will be meeting in one parishioner’s home.
Minnesota's religious communities are being heavily targeted by both sides in the marriage amendment battle.