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Religious coalition gearing up for Marriage Protection Amendment vote

The fire has been lit under the AmTaliban as the June vote on the federal amendment to ban gay marriage nears, and there are religious leaders of all stripes lining up to sign a petition to support the amendment.

This time around, the Catholic bishops are out and active, readying 10 million postcards to bombard Senators. Man, oh man, these guys have no business getting on the moral high horse, but they are shameless. (IHT):

A coalition of about 50 prominent religious leaders, including six Roman Catholic cardinals and a half-dozen archbishops, have signed a petition and pledged their influence to support a constitutional amendment blocking same-sex marriage.

Organizers of the petition said it aimed to revive the groundswell of opposition to same-sex marriage that played a major roll in moving conservative voters to the polls in 2004. Republicans are increasingly worried about turnout in the elections this autumn, and Republican Senate leaders have scheduled a vote in June on the proposed constitutional amendment.

…”The personal involvement of bishops and cardinals is significantly greater this time than in 2004,” Korten of the Knights of Columbus said.

Several people involved in the effort said it had been organized in part by Professor Robert George of Princeton, an influential conservative Catholic scholar with close ties to evangelical Protestant groups.

Others involved said aides to Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the Republican leader, Senator Rick Santorum, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Senator Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas, were involved in the planning as well.

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