82 former Catholic priests support same-sex marriage in Minn.

Saying it is time to eliminate language that discriminates against a good number of citizens, more than 80 former Catholic priests are coming together in support of legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

A total of 82 priests, who together have spent 1,026 years in service to the Catholic Church, have formed the Former Priests for Marriage Equality.

In a statement, the group said it supports revising state statutes to grant same-sex couples all the rights and duties awarded to a man and woman entering into a marriage contract in the state.

“State law should allow every individual to exercise the right to marry the person that he or she loves,” the group asserted.

The priests issued a call to “all people of good will” to support the law, and urged lawmakers in both chambers to address the issue in a timely manner.

Below is a full list of the former priests involved in the organization:

– full report, and the names, at KMSP-TV.

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