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NJ Catholic bishops campaign against gay marriage

40310105good_20020329_00194.jpgCatholic bishops in the state are instructing priests to read or distribute a letter this weekend asking Catholics to pray that lawmakers in New Jersey not allow same-sex marriage in New Jersey, reports the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

The bishops’ letter restates Catholic teachings that marriage should be allowed only between a man and a woman. It says prayer is timely “because marriage faces challenges from a society more focused on individual satisfaction than on the Gospel.

“One of the most serious challenges,” it continues, “is the current effort to pass Bills in the New Jersey legislature that would change the very definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman in order to allow same-sex ‘marriage.’ We must not stand silent in the face of this serious challenge.”

It remains unclear whether legislators will vote on the issue during the current lame-duck session.

Gov. John Corzine favors same-sex marriage, but Gov.-elect Chris Christie, a practicing Catholic, opposes it and has said he would veto a gay marriage bill.

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