The leader of Maine’s Roman Catholic diocese is issuing a letter opposing gay marriage.
Bishop Richard Malone’s letter was being read to Catholics at Masses across the state on Sunday.
The letter calls on Catholics to work to preserve the traditional sacrament of marriage by opposing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.
Malone’s letter says redefining marriage strips it of an essential component, ":namely the ability and obligation to procreate.":
The letter appeared days after a group of Maine ministers from different faiths announced their support for gay marriage.
On Saturday, demonstrators gathered Saturday in Portland’s Monument Square to protest California voters’ rejection of same-sex marriage earlier this month.