(Minnesota Public Radio) ST. PAUL, Minn. — Clergy from a variety of Christian denominations gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to voice their support for a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

The Catholic Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, John Nienstedt, said the proposed amendment isn’t about forcing religious teachings on non-believers.

“This is a positive affirmation, not intended to be hurtful or discriminatory to anyone,” Nienstedt said. “Our understanding of marriage between a man and a woman predates any government, or in fact, any religious denomination.”

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