Catholic Church Has Spent More than $1 Million Fighting Marriage Equality in 2012
Forget that vow of poverty: The Roman Catholic Church has shelled out more than $1 million to fight various marriage-equality initiatives, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign.
The study shows that the millennia-old institution has donated more than $1.1 million to anti-equality efforts, including ones fighting gay-marriage measures in Washington, Maryland and Maine–and one supporting a gay-marriage ban in Minnesota, where it has given more than $608,000 to support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. (That’s more than half of the anti-equality effort’s budget.)
Today, the Church is now the top religious donor for anti-equality efforts, with more than $640,000 coming from the Catholic fraternal organization the Knights.