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Immigrant rights group loses Catholic funds over gay marriage affiliation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. — A Catholic organization has decided to cut off long-standing funding to a Portland, Oregon, immigrant rights group over its affiliation with an organization that supports same-sex marriage.

Voz-volunteers-1Voz Workers’ Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant in June from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. The group is the anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Catholic Campaign said it asked Voz to cut ties with the National Council of La Raza, a Latino civil rights organization that endorses marriage equality.

After Voz refused, it “self-disqualified” itself from the funding process.

The bishops had supported Voz since 1994.

Voz is one of 10 nonprofits to lose church funding since 2010 because of ties to organizations that endorse same-sex marriage or other issues the church disagrees on.

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