Diocese Supports Maine Marriage Campaign

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Roman Catholics have reached into their pockets for the funding of a television advertising campaign to support traditional marriage in Maine.

The Catholic Diocese of Portland asked parishoners to donate to the campaign in a second collection on Sunday. Officials said the donations will help pay for television commericals aimed to overturn a state law legislators passed last spring recognizing same-sex marriage.

It is all part of the Yes on One campaign, which aims to restore the definition of marriage between a man and a woman.

Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are speaking out on the issue.

"The Church's doctrine doesn't change because of social pressures and political pressures and emotional issues," said church member Mary Conroy. "The truth is the truth, and so they have to stay with what is real, and what they believe in."

"I'm coming to church to worship, and I'm not coming to church to, you know, be part of some political rally or something," said Kathy Tosney with Catholics for Maine Equality.

Voters in the Pine Tree State will decide whether to overturn the law on November 3.

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