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Written Testimony of Ms. Kathryn Mollen, Policy and Outreach Coordinator, on Women’s Economic Security Act

HF 2371, HF 2259, HF 2461
March 20, 2014

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:

My name is Kathryn Mollen, and I am the Policy and Outreach Coordinator for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota. MCC wants to ensure that women have access to a workplace that supports family economic security and motherhood, and this act is an important step towards those goals. We are grateful to those who have moved this legislation forward and would like to offer our support for three provisions of the omnibus bill in particular, HF 2371, HF 2259, and HF 2461.

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Written Testimony of Mr. Jason Adkins, Executive Director on HF 2106

HF 2106
House Tax Committee, February 25, 2014  (PDF version)

Chair Lenczewski and Members of the Committee:

The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, supports conforming Minnesota’s tax law to recent changes in the federal tax code that are designed specifically to eliminate marriage penalties. Read More…

News Release (USCCB): Citing “great moral urgency,” USCCB President Calls Upon House of Representatives to Pass Immigration Reform Legislation

November 7, 2013—In a November 7 letter addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called upon members of the House of Representatives to address immigration reform legislation “as soon as possible, ideally prior to the end of the calendar year.”

In stating the case for action, Cardinal Dolan cited the ongoing suffering of immigrants and their families caused by a broken immigration system.

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An Open Letter to MN Congresspersons: A Christian Call for Immigration Reform

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We join our voices together as Christian leaders in Minnesota to urge our state’s congressional representatives to work together to pass just and compassionate immigration reform that provides a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented people of good moral character, creates a temporary worker program, promotes family reunification, ensures due process of law for all people, secures our borders, and strengthens our society.

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A Letter from Bishop Michael Hoeppner on the recent marriage law passage in MN

My Dear Christ’s Faithful of the Diocese of Crookston,

Making “same-sex” unions marriage by law is unwise. Discrimination by definition is denying someone something they have a right to and the reasoning that claims it is discrimination not to recognize same-sex love relationships as marriage is false reasoning. It is false because it equates two different types of love relationships. It fails by treating things not equal as equal, by treating things that are different as the same. All people are created equal but treating them as equals does not mean that we treat them as the same. The male and female partners in a marriage relationship bring specific gifts to their union, gifts that only a man and a woman can bring, gifts that make their unique union a conjugal, marriage union.

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Diocese of Duluth Statement on Legislation to Redefine Marriage

“[Jesus] said in reply, ‘Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator “made them male and female” and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”?’” (Matthew 19:4).

The Catholic Church in the Diocese of Duluth will continue to uphold and propose to the world what we know, through sound reason and through divine revelation, to be the authentic nature of marriage: a permanent union between one man and one woman, uniting a mother and a father with any children produced by their union. Legislation that appears poised to become law in Minnesota attempts to revise and redefine this natural institution, an institution written into our nature by our Creator. But no civil government has the authority or competence to redefine marriage. Civil authorities have the obligation to protect and defend true marriage for the sake of justice and the common good.

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A Statement from Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of Winona, Regarding the Redefinition of Marriage in Minnesota

WINONA, MN – May 15, 2013 - The Governor of Minnesota, on May 14, 2013 signed into law legislation, that redefined the legal definition of marriage. It is very disappointing that Minnesota law will now put the desires of adults ahead of the best interests of children, and ignore the importance of families that are founded on the marriage of one man and one woman as the foundation of society. The Diocese of Winona remains grateful for the elected officials who demonstrated great courage in defending marriage and voted against this legislation.

In our parishes, Catholic schools, and in all catechetical programs, every effort will be made to promote the true meaning of marriage. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and is a natural institution found in every culture throughout human history. It is also a gift from our Creator.

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Statement of the Most Reverend John M. LeVoir On the Passage of Same-Sex Marriage Legislation in Minnesota May 23, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Law is Deeply Disturbing

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Minnesota. I am deeply disturbed by this new law. Nature, reason, and Divine Revelation all tell us that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, who promise to love each other in a faithful and permanent way, which is open to the conception of children. Same-sex marriage is something totally other than this. How can two realities, so essentially different from one another, be viewed as the same according to the law?

As chaplain for Courage in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for ten years, I have spoken with hundreds of men and women with same-sex attraction, and with parents of sons and daughters who have same-sex attraction. Having listened to them and having learned from their experiences, I find myself deeply concerned for couples with same-sex attraction who enter into same-sex marriages. There are few who question whether or not such relationships are good for couples who have same-sex attraction. It is assumed that same-sex marriage is good for them.

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A Statement from Archbishop Nienstedt on the Effect of Redefining Marriage

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, was a dark, sad day for Catholics in the state of Minnesota as well as for all faith-filled people who believe in traditional marriage. A year ago, we were being told that a constitutional amendment on marriage was unnecessary as DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) would remain the law of the land. Well, that turned out, intentionally, to be untrue.

On May 15, I sent the following reflection to our clergy and those parish marriage coordinators who have worked so hard to defend our beliefs in the face of very adverse opposition. I share those thoughts here for those who have not yet seen them:

Our elected representatives in the Minnesota House and Senate have voted to redefine the meaning of marriage in our state. In light of this historically ill-advised decision, many people have asked me to offer some guidance to the Catholic faithful. I would like to respond to this development with careful reflection regarding its implications and what we Catholics can do now.

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An Open Letter to the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives from Interfaith Religious Leaders Urging Lawmakers to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Bill


Dear Minnesota lawmakers:

Marriage is the lifelong, faithful union of one man and one woman, and the natural basis of the family.

Marriage is a fundamental social institution because it provides a mother and father within a stable, loving environment for children. Marriage is also beneficial for adults as the ideal structure for men and women to live interdependently, recognizing the equal dignity and value of one another. This is the natural order, embracing the complementary physical, emotional, and spiritual design of men and women.

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