ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s Campaign Finance Board dismissed a complaint against the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and Archbishop John Nienstedt over the distribution last year of a DVD critical of same-sex marriage.

The board opinion released Friday dismissed arguments that the Archdiocese was required to register as a political fund; that Nienstedt should have registered as a lobbyist; and that the DVD and an accompanying letter were meant to influence legislative action.

The state’s six Catholic dioceses distributed the DVD featuring Nienstedt in September 2010. He called for a constitutional amendment in Minnesota limiting marriage to heterosexual couples only. In May, state lawmakers forwarded that issue to the 2012 ballot.

The board says the matter was not yet directly before state lawmakers or voters when the DVD went out, and therefore didn’t trigger political fund or lobbyist registration requirements.

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Comments (13)
  1. Tom says:

    This board blew this call! How does a organization who DOES NOT pay taxes have a voice!

    1. DemRep Nuts says:

      If that’s the criteria, then over 50% of the population who doesn’t pay taxes shouldn’t be allowed to vote?

      1. Tom says:

        @ Dem Rep Nuts

        There is difference between those who do not pay taxes and the church that claims a tax exception because of the “service” they provide!

  2. Too Bad says:

    Everyone has a voice.

    It’s called freedom.

  3. Tom says:

    @ Too Bad

    Then I take you will vote YES for gay couples to get married?

  4. angus says:

    Whoops, got censored again, maybe a Catholic doing the densoring? Nothing obscene, pornographic, raciest, etc. in my entry, just questioning the Pope and the Archbishop.

    Mustn’t upset the nice white, financially well off folk at CCO. Their news is definately biased for the conservatives

    1. kate says:

      All sides of an issue sometimes have the posts go off into never never land. No conspiracy.
      You’ll notice that this topic gets a lot of comments pointing out what a stupid ammendment this is so it isn’t censorship.

  5. Cybel Unrest says:

    After the terrible same sex behavior brought to light at Penn State recently, I’m surprised anyone would admit to this poor choice of behavoir. Oh but we love each other ain’t working. The only difference is age. Straighten up.

    1. Fred F. says:

      The only difference is age? If you can’t see the difference between consenting adults having sex and an adult raping a child then someone should be keeping an eye on you because pedophiles think the same way..

    2. kate says:

      Where are you when the story is a man raping a girl? Blame that one on gay marriage also?
      Marriage is between consenting adults. The sex of the people involved isn’t the point. The point is that they are adults and consenting.

      1. antiKate says:

        That’s a completely different illness honey. Like saying all bank robbers are rapists. Let’s not try and dilute this disgusting behavior with your rhetoric.

  6. Kurt M Anderson says:

    At the end of this message, I am providing a link to the complaint I filed with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (CFB), and the CFB’s decision on the complaint.

    I consider myself a gay marriage skeptic. The burden of proof rests on the proponents of the change. I oppose constitutional mandates – undemocratic court decisions preempting the legislative process while mandating marriage status for some gay relationships. I also oppose constitutional lockouts, in the form of state constitutional amendments that unfairly lock this issue and its supporters out of the legislative process. Like many other Catholics I was very offended by the September 2010 DVD mailing, which involved a large expenditure of money and was obviously political in both its campaign-season timing, as well at its content.

    I anticipate that within the next 60 days, the Minnesota Court of Appeals will correctly rule that there is no right to gay marriage under the Minnesota constitution, bolstering my belief that a constitutional amendment would be not only unfair but also unnecessary.

    While I have the greatest respect for the work of the CFB and its staff, I think the decision is both incorrect and very unfortunate. The decision ignores the plain language of Minnesota Statutes, requiring financial disclosure reports in relation to promoting a general election ballot question, including efforts to qualify the question for inclusion on the ballot.

    Unfortunately Catholics such as myself, who are sitting in the pews every Sunday when the collection baskets come around, have no accounting for this expenditure; and Minnesotans generally have been subjected to a large and potentially corrupting dose of hidden political money.

    Kurt Anderson
    December 9, 2011

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