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Catholic voters rally for, against marriage amendment

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

In just over one month, voters will decide whether to accept or reject a proposed amendment to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman, and Catholic voters on both sides of the issue rallied on Friday to speak for and against the amendment.

The two rallies -- one held in the afternoon and a second at night -- could not have been more different, but those who gathered at the dueling rallies share the same faith.

The Catholic Church has been very vocal about the issue in the state, with bishops sending letters that urged parishioners to pledge money to support the 'Vote Yes,' effort. Now, parishioners are taking sides.

Catholics Voting No set up a rally in Kellogg Park on Friday to voice their displeasure that the church is putting money toward getting people to vote for the amendment, saying that money could go to funding schools and teachers instead.

"How about poverty? Homelessness? People looking for jobs? The money being spent on this, I say, is just appalling to me," said Roseanne Rogers, who plans to vote no.

Meanwhile, other Catholics gathered for an evening rally on the Capital steps for a ceremony surrounding the Virgin Mary to support the marriage amendment.

"You just have to believe in what you believe," Mary Miller, who plans to vote yes, told FOX 9 News. "I just think people should do their research and a lot of praying."

Catholics on both sides of the issue say although there are differences, it is not difficult to go to mass on Sunday because they simply don't discuss the issue with those who they know are on the other side of the aisle.

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