Catholics Contribute to Fight Against Gay Marriage 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Catholics gave about $86,000 duringcollections in September to the effort to pass a referendumoverturning the state’s same-sex marriage law. A report turned over to Commission on Governmental Ethics andElection Practices, to be made public on Tuesday, says the RomanCatholic Diocese of Portland raised $41,000 in cash placed inbaskets during a second collection taken at masses in September. In addition, the church turned over envelopes collected in itscampaign on the issue directly to the Stand for Marriage Mainepolitical action committee, bringing the total to about $86,000. The diocese said Friday that between July 1 and Sept. 30, moneycontributed by other dioceses and bishops amounted to $214,550.