Gay Rights Group: Maine Diocese Violating Tax Law

A gay rights advocacy group says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine is violating tax rules by helping a referendum campaign.

The referendum in question would overturn Maine's new gay
marriage law.

The Empowering Spirits Foundation says it filed a complaint Wednesday at an Internal Revenue Service office in Dallas.

The San Diego-based group says the diocese is engaging in political
activity by collecting signatures for the referendum. The group
says that violates IRS rules applying to nonprofits.

A diocese spokesman says IRS policy allows the diocese to
participate in the campaign.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 22, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    Two million people die from AIDS every year and it OK to santion being gay. Sorry for not being politically correct but the facts speak for themselves. So, can you guess the no one method of transfer for the disease is? And they are banning smoking in bars.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 22, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    First, I will say that this is just an excuse to try to get riid of the ban on gay marriage. Second, This San Diego based group needs to keep their noses out of the State of Maine's business and stay out of the Roman Catholics of Maine's business as well, and stick with their own Califormia ways. They better not ever try to stick their noses into anything that involves NC.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 22, 2009 at 05:49 AM
    So if you are against this they go after you? Well, it won't hold up in a court, the referendum. Wasn't it California that voted it down? Why wouldn't you do that in Maine?
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