Eyeing gay marriage case, evangelicals and Catholics rally around battling poverty

Conservative evangelicals and Catholics are clear on their theological divisions. In recent years, though, they have been coming together increasingly to support one another in a shared cause: fear of the impact of same-sex marriage.

Although it’s unclear what legal — and financial — impact the full legalization of same-sex marriage could have on faith-based groups’ work and on government funding, religious Christian conservatives are worried about things like whether they could lose their tax-exempt status.

The partnerships between Catholics and evangelicals are broader and deeper than they have been before on the issue of poverty, said John Carr, a former top official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and one of the conveners of this conference.

Groups represented at the Georgetown gathering included groups from Catholic and evangelical camps, including right-leaning Opus Dei and Focus on the Family to left-leaning Nuns on the Bus and Sojourners.

For next steps, Carr pointed to the Circle of Protection, a group of more than 100 Christian leaders, which is asking every presidential candidate to give us a three-minute video of his or her plan to lift people out of poverty. Carr says they plan to share the videos with religious congregations connected to the group.

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