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Former Catholic Bishop of Maine Speaks Against Gay Marriage 

The former Roman Catholic bishop of Maine is urging the state’s Catholics to vote against efforts to legalize gay marriage in the state. In a statement Thursday, Bishop Richard Malone said Catholics who support same-sex marriage are “unfaithful to Catholic doctrine.” A gay marriage referendum is on the ballot Nov. 6. Malone, now administrator of the Maine diocese after being appointed bishop of the Buffalo, N.Y., Diocese, says a “Catholic whose conscience has been properly formed by scripture and church teaching cannot justify a vote for a candidate or referendum question” that opposes church teachings. A group called Catholics for Marriage Equality says it’s placing ads in three Maine newspapers urging residents to support gay marriage. Malone calls the organization, as well as a group that supports abortion rights, “dissident” groups.