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CINCINNATI, Aug 6 (LSN) – On Tuesday, at the ll6th annual Supreme Council meeting of the Knights of Columbus, Supreme Knight Virgil C. Dechant declared the organization’s sincere commitment to life and family. Dechant emphasized the organizations work to secure the full legal protection of life from conception to natural death combating both abortion and assisted suicide with prayerful, actual, and financial support for the pro-life movement.  The Knights of Columbus organization “is irrevocably opposed to the legal recognition of homosexual relationships as marriage,” said the Supreme Knight. “Certainly society should treat homosexuals with justice and charity, but neither justice nor charity requires recognizing homosexual relationships as marriages. “There are many reasons why this should not be done but, from the point of view of civil society, the fundamental reason is the grave harm to traditional marriage that would result.”  Headquartered in New Haven, Conn., the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal organization with 1.6 million members. Serving the Catholic Church and their communities with about $110 million in annual charitable contributions, and 50 million hours of service a year, the organization exemplifies the spirit of its founder Father Michael J. McGivney, a candidate for sainthood.

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