Amelia Blanton

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Knights of Columbus donate millions to anti-gay marriage effort, report says

The Knights of Columbus are best known as a Roman Catholic fraternal and service organization that sells insurance policies to finance its charitable activities. The group provides coats for underprivileged children, prosthetics for Haitian earthquake victims and scholarships to Catholic colleges for the children of its members.

 

But less well known is that the Knights are also donating significant amounts of money and volunteer time to fight the legalization of gay marriage.  

Report: Knights of Columbus and allies are leading funders of anti-gay marriage drives

 

The Knights of Columbus, a wealthy and influential Catholic charitable organization, is a leading funder in the push to make same-sex marriage illegal in four states that have ballot measures on the issue this fall, a coalition of gay rights groups announced Thursday (Oct. 18).

 

"Carl Anderson is using the good name that the Knights have developed over generations as cover while pursuing policies and making alliances that many Catholics find deeply troubling when they learn about them,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, an organization of gay Catholics that was part of the coalition behind the report. 

 

The report, which culled information largely from the Knights’ Internal Revenue Service filings, found that the Knights donated $6.25 million to fight same-sex marriage initiatives between 2005-2012. Close to $2 million of those funds went directly to NOM. 

 

Catholic contributions in marriage fight are large, opponents’ report says

 

A report by the Human Rights Campaign on Thursday said that the Catholic Church has contributed more than half of the funding into efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

 

At the same time, Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholics who support same-sex marriage, issued a report saying the Knights of Columbus has quietly become one of the most aggressive forces opposing same-sex marriage.

 

Most U.S. Catholics back marriage equality, but Knights of Columbus pour millions into opposition

 

Quick, what organization was founded to support justice for immigrants, boasts nearly two million (all-male) members, and loves a good parade? The Knights of Columbus still support immigrants' rights, but those sober-faced men marching down Main Street in full parade regalia are also part of an organization that was the single largest donor in support of California's Proposition 8. 

 

This venerable fraternal order has taken up the anti-equality baton in a big, flamboyant way.

 

The National Organization for Marriage provides organizational muscle to anti-equality initiatives and legislative campaigns. What gives them that muscle is money, and lots of it, from big donors. A new in-depth report released today by Equally Blessed, a coalition of pro-equality Catholic organizations, reveals that the Knights are among NOM's biggest supporters.

Catholics United’s statement on Knights of Columbus anti-marriage equality spending report

WASHINGTON – Equally Blessed, a coalition of pro-LGBT Catholics, has released a report that discovered the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal service organization, spent nearly $16 million since 2005 on far-right wing social issues, including $6.25 million opposing civil same-sex marriage. Of this, more than $600,000 has been donated […]

Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, NOM spending wildly to defeat marriage equality

 

The Roman Catholic Church is funneling unprecedented dollar amounts into the four states where marriage equality is on the ballot this fall – Minnesota, Maryland, Maine and Washington – and in many cases, parishioners may not even be aware that their dollars are being used to fund discrimination.

 

The new report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) finds that the Church has spent at least $1.1 million as part of its broader effort to deny loving, committed couples the right to marry.

 

Equally Blessed, a coalition of pro-LGBT Catholic groups, will be releasing an extensive report in partnership with HRC today detailing the Knights’ longstanding financial support for anti-equality measures. “Our Catholic social teaching calls for us to work for a more loving, compassionate, and justice-oriented world for all. It does not call on us to discriminate against anyone,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, a Catholic leader with Equally Blessed and executive director of DignityUSA. “Unfortunately, the anti-LGBT activities of the Church hierarchy stand in direct opposition to the values of the majority of Catholics.”

Read the Report

Knights of Columbus spending millions to stop marriage equality

WASHINGTON, D. C., October 18–The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, has used its extensive financial resources to become one of the most aggressive opponents of marriage equality in the United States, according to a report released today by Equally Blessed. The group is a coalition of four Catholic groups that support equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the church and the wider society.