In the aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8 there was much coverage of the large amounts of money spent and covert operations undertaken by the Mormon Church in securing the measure's passage. Now, with gay marriage voided by a referendum in Maine, it appears that the newest villain to be exposed is the Roman Catholic Church - the same false pillar of morality that has utterly failed to discipline its hierarchy that enabled and covered up for sexual predators who preyed on children and youths.
With campaign contributions becoming available it has become absolutely clear that the Catholic Church - and not just parishes and dioceses in Maine - poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Maine to strip same sex couples of marriage rights. The most recent breakdown of contributions can be found here and it shows that DOZENS of dioceses sent money to Maine - including the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.
Among the other big out of state contributors were the Diocese of Phoenix, the Diocese of Yongstown, the Archdiocese of Newark, the Diocese of Providence (RI), the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In short, it was a well organized national effort to funnel money into Maine to take away the civil rights of Maine residents and citizens. Meanwhile, seven dioceses have filed bankruptcy in order to try to avoid payouts to victims of sexual abuse. It speaks volumes about the utterly f*cked up values and moral bankruptcy that are now the predominate hallmarks of the Church hierarchy under the Nazi Pope, Benedict XVI.
I truly hope that all LGBT Catholics - and LGBT Americans who are former Catholics like myself - will stop the silence and challenge our family members to take a good look at what the Church is doing and how it has become a merchant of hate and intolerance. How it seeks to strip their own family members of legal rights and protections and infuse intolerant religious views into the civil laws. Ask your family members to leave the Catholic Church or at least refuse to accommodate them by going to church with them. Had I realized the magnitude of the anti-gay Catholic conspiracy surrounding Maine, I would never have set foot in a Catholic church while in Charlottesville last weekend. Believe me, that mistake will not happen again. My family can either go to church with me at a Lutheran parish just down the road or I will go by myself or with the boyfriend.