Talking points to consider for three social issues of concern for Catholics:

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments


Protecting religious liberty

“Please create broader accommodations for the religious liberty and consciences of individuals who decline to solemnize or celebrate a same-sex marriage. The redefinition of marriage in Minnesota was supposed to only allow same-sex couples to marry and not infringe upon the personal freedom of others. Extending existing conscience rights in Minnesota to cover those who prefer not to participate in a same-sex marriage is logical and fair.”

Restoring the right to vote

“Please support legislation (HF 491/SF 107) that restores voting rights to Minnesotans who were convicted of a felony yet are no longer incarcerated. HF 491/SF 107 gives Minnesotans with criminal convictions a stake in the community and in decisions that affect their lives. It helps foster political participation of minority communities disproportionately affected by the current system, and it might decrease the likelihood that past offenders will commit another crime.”

Preventing and helping to end homelessness

“The most basic moral test of any community is how it treats its most poor and vulnerable. Homelessness prevention is the most humane and cost-effective approach to addressing homelessness. One way to do this is to enact policies and resources that promote economic security and housing stability to prevent and end homelessness. Please support $100 million in bonds for affordable housing and raise the minimum wage this session.”

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