Minn. Archbishop: Catholics Oppose Gay Marriage

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Minnesota's Roman Catholic diocese has launched a campaign against the legalization of same-sex marriage in the North Star State.

Archbishop John Nienstedt announced Monday that every Catholic in the state would be mailed a DVD defending marriage as between one man and one woman. Nienstedt appears at the beginning of the eight-minute video presentation that was produced by the Knights of Columbus.

The archbishop told Minneapolis/St. Paul television station KTSP that 800,000 DVDs would be mailed to all Catholics in the state on Wednesday.

"Our target is basically our Catholic people," Nienstedt said during the interview. "To remind them of what we believe and why we believe it and why it's so important that they believe it."

The diocese is asking voters to watch the DVD and contact their state representatives. The DVD is scheduled to arrive in Minnesota homes six weeks before the November 2 elections.

Mark Dayton of the state's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and Tom Horner of the Independence Party are two of the three candidates running for the office of governor, who support legalizing same-sex marriage. Tom Emmer, the Republican candidate, does not.

Nienstedt said he hoped the DVD would be a "teaching tool" to parishioners in the diocese's 217 parishes.

"It's not partisan politics in any way. But you know, it's kind of rallying the troops around this issue and pointing out to Catholics that this is an important issue in every election year," the archbishop said.

"We're not a political force," Nienstedt added. "But we are a religious force. So we think we should be part of the conversation."

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