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Same-Sex marriage divides people of faith in Oregon

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In Oregon, the issue of same-sex marriage is due to hit the ballot this November. Organizers on both sides of this controversial topic have been working hard to get measures ready for this fall.

Maria L. La Ganga reported on March 1, that a newly formed group has been put together by Jackie Yerby, who had served on the board of Catholic Charities of Portland. The group was formed and based in Oregon to help promote legalization of same-sex marriage and vocally in support of the issue. Their goal is to send an unmistakable message to the public.

"Just because we're Catholic doesn't mean we don't support same-sex marriage," said Yerby.

Yerby, along with a small band of devout Catholics will go to the cathedral for Ash Wednesday mass this coming Wednesday. All will be wearing a white button pinned to their lapels with the message stating: "Catholic Oregonians for Marriage Equality."

"We support same-sex marriage because we are Catholic," said Yerby. But how does the Roman Catholic Church feel about the cause?

According to americancatholic.org The Catholic church does not believe in same sex marriages. They want to preserve the sanctity of marriage, the union of a man and a woman. However, the church still teaches that homosexual persons deserve respect. As to Pope Francis' stance on Same-Sex Marriage, washingtonpost.com reported on February 21, that, according to Cardinal Raymond Burke, the pope has stated he is opposed to gay marriage.

It was reported that three weeks ago, Portland’s Archbishop Andrew K. Sample sent an email to his staff stating that the Roman Catholic Church would be joining a coalition called the “Protect Marriage Oregon,” to help fight the effort to legalize same-sex marriage here.

This has been an issue for some time as an increasing number of same-sex marriage bans have been struck down in the courts. While the organizers on both sides have been working very hard to get the measures ready for this November ballot.

Oregon is poised to be the only state to vote on this issue.

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