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Published May 17, 2012, 02:46 PM

Ex-priests oppose Minnesota marriage amendment

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

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.

Estrem says, "Enshrining discrimination does not promote marriage. It simply diminishes us all."

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

Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/L3ovlq) reports the Minnesota Catholic Conference released a statement saying only marriage between one man and one woman "is consistent with the Gospel and the demands of justice."

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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