Raleigh bishop grateful N. Carolina marriage amendment passed

Raleigh, N.C., May 10, 2012 / 04:11 am (CNA).- Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh thanked North Carolina voters for passing a marriage amendment that gives constitutional protections to the definition of marriage.“I express my sincere gratitude to the people of North Carolina who voted for marriage in the referendum completed today,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh said May 9.He said that the amendment ensures that the definition of marriage as “the faithful and exclusive union of one ma … [Read more...]

Colo. civil unions bill could revive in special session

Denver, Colo., May 10, 2012 / 02:01 am (CNA).- A proposal to create civil unions died in the Colorado House on May 8 in the contentious final days of the legislative session, but the issue could revive because Gov. John Hickenlooper has called for a special session to address the bill. The bill had died in the House Judiciary Committee in 2011. Opponents thought it would stall again in 2012, but one Republican legislator on the committee voted to advance the bill for a full House vote. On … [Read more...]

Santorum endorses Romney after meeting on key issues

Washington D.C., May 10, 2012 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has formally endorsed Mitt Romney for president, voicing confidence in Romney’s stance on key issues such as marriage and family. Santorum said it's clear Romney “understands that having pro-family initiatives are not only the morally and economically right thing to do, but that the family is the basic building block of our society and must be preserved.” The endorsement was announced on May 8, s … [Read more...]

Obama voices unprecedented support for ‘gay marriage’

Washington D.C., May 9, 2012 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama has become the first U.S. president to publicly support “gay marriage,” breaking silence on the issue and pointing to his Christian faith as a motivation for his position. “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said in a May 9 interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts. Presumptive Republican president … [Read more...]

Nine years later, widow still praying for husband’s killers

Rome, Italy, May 9, 2012 / 04:04 pm (CNA).- Margherita Coletta, whose husband Giuseppe – a brigade general of the Italian police – was murdered in an Iraqi suicide attack in 2003, continues to pray that his killers will receive God's mercy.“True justice will come from God,” Margherita told Italian daily Avvenire on May 8. In an interview with the paper, she recalled the tragic date of Nov. 12, 2003, when a suicide attack on the Italian base in Nassiriyah left 19 soldiers and nine civilians dead. … [Read more...]