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Published October 31, 2010, 06:40 PM

Communion Denied to Gay Marriage Supporters in St. Paul

A small group of Catholics were denied communion Sunday because they wore rainbow sashes in support of same-sex marriage to mass at the St. Paul Cathedral.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A small group of Catholics were denied communion Sunday because they wore rainbow sashes in support of same-sex marriage to mass at the St. Paul Cathedral.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the protest has been an annual event for a decade.

Each year organizers ask the archbishop for permission to receive communion while wearing the sash, but a St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese spokesman says that would be sacrilege.

Archdiocese spokesman Dennis McGrath says communion simply must not be used for a political statement.

Brendt Vanderlinden wore a rainbow sash. He says church officials politicized the Eucharist with a recent mailing of anti-same-sex marriage DVDs to church members.

Vanderlinden says he and his wife wore sashes to show support for their son, who is gay.

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