The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is facing a budget shortfall just months after donating to the campaign that reversed a gay marriage law in Maine, the Arizona Republic reported.

The diocese is cutting 15 positions and laying off 12 employees in an effort to head off a projected budget shortfall.

This is the second year in a row that the diocese has shrunk its workforce. Last year 17 positions and 11 people were dropped.

Most of this year's cuts will affect the diocese newspaper, the Catholic Sun, which lost 3 positions, and the Division of Education and Evangelization, where 5 positions were eliminated.

“These additional changes will help us meet our budget and be more efficient with our resources,” the Rev. Fred Adamson, vicar general, told the paper.

The diocese supported a November people's “veto” in Maine that cast aside a gay marriage law approved by lawmakers before it went into effect. Church officials chipped in $50,000 to the campaign.

The diocese's workforce has tapered down from 113 employees two years ago to 90.