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(NECN: Marnie MacLean, Portland, Maine) - The fight over Maine's same-sex marriage law has started to heat up, and opponents of the new law have received a large cash infusion from the Catholic Church. During Mass on Sunday, parishioners were asked to donate money to defeat the new law. At the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Maine hundreds of parishioners gathered for the Sunday Service. This is one of about 140 catholic churches across Maine taking part in a special second collection asking for money specifically to defeat Maine's same-sex marriage law. "Marriage is clearly, biblically, ecclesiastically, logically, rationally and naturally the union between a man and a woman, for us Catholics, marriage is a sacrament," Father Louis Phillips said on Sunday. The money raised from the special collection will go directly to Stand for Marriage Maine, the group running the "Yes On One" campaign. In November, Maine voters will have the chance to overturn the law by voting yes on a referendum question. "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, the doctrine is clear and doesn't change based on emotion and political pressures, it is what it is, it supports marriage between a man and a woman," Mary Conroy said. But not all Catholics agree with the church on this issue, and just this week over one hundred people joined a new group called Catholics for Marriage Equality. "My model is Jesus and Jesus preached and practices love and inclusion. That's what I hope our church would do," Elaine McGillicuddy said. This was not the first time Maine's Catholic Church has done a special collection to raise money to fight a controversial referendum question. It was also done to fight partial birth abortions and physician assisted suicide. Stand for Marriage campaign manager Marc Mutty said for the church, this is not a political issue -- it is a moral one. And that asking parishioners to fund this cause was something the bishop felt compelled to do. "It was crystal clear: it was his responsibility, his duty to do this," Mutty said. Not all Catholics agree, but Stand for Marriage hopes it can count on enough parishioners to use the power of prayer and the pocketbook to defeat same-sex marriage in Maine.