Summarized by Kent Larsen
Catholics join Mormons in supporting Knight Initiative (Catholic funds back gay-marriage ban)
San Francisco CA Examiner 15Oct99 N1
By Anastasia Hendrix: Examiner Staff
Eight of California's 12 Catholic Dioceses have joined to contribute
more than $310,000 to the Knight Initiative campaign, according to
filings with the California secretary of state. While the Archdiocese
of San Francisco and the Diocese of Oakland had not yet made
donations to the Protection of Marriage Committee, both organizations
told the San Francisco Examiner that they expected to make donations
within a few days.
The donations came to light in an 800-page document released by the
secretary of state showing the financial donations made for the
campaign. The document also indicates that LDS Church members in
California have so-far contributed $3.6 million to support the
initiative. In contrast, Californians for Fairness, which is opposing
the initiative, has raised about $900,000.
The fight over the initiative took a more personal turn on Thursday
when the son of the initiative's sponsor, state Senator William J.
"Pete" Knight (R-Palmdale), wrote an editorial in the Los Angeles
Times opposing the initiative. David Knight said "I believe, based on
my experience, that his is a blind, uncaring, uninformed, knee-jerk
reaction to a subject about which he knows nothing and wants to know
nothing, but which serves his political career." David Knight is a
veteran Gulf War fighter pilot and is estranged from his father.