Catholic leader urges marriage prayer

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati-based leader of Roman Catholics in a 19-county archdiocese is urging them to pray that a federal appeals court considering same-sex marriage bans will uphold what he calls "traditional marriage."

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr says Ohio’s bishops strongly supported the voter-approved 2004 state ban. He says traditional marriage is "the union of one man and one woman for life."

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In the request circulated this week online, through social media and in emails, Schnurr expresses hope the court will "act wisely." His archdiocese includes nearly 500,000 Catholics.

A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati will hear arguments Wednesday in six cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

Some opponents of same-sex marriage plan to pray publicly outside the downtown courthouse. Supporters plan nearby rallies.



 

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