What’s wrong with gay marriage? Let me count the ways…

Actually, I’ll let Brandon Vogt do it.  He lays out 10 common arguments in favor of same-sex marriage, and then deftly deflates them in Our Sunday Visitor.  As Brandon points out: “This is not an attack on people with same-sex attractions. All people, regardless of sexual orientation, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Instead, [Read More...]

Maryland company closes wedding business rather than serve same-sex couples

Details, from the Baltimore Sun:  An Annapolis company whose old-fashioned trolleys are iconic in the city’s wedding scene has abandoned the nuptial industry rather than serve same-sex couples. The owner of Discover Annapolis Tours said he decided to walk away from $50,000 in annual revenue instead of compromising his Christian convictions when same-sex marriages become legal in [Read More...]

West Point chapel hosts first same-sex wedding —UPDATED

Another sign of the times, from Associated Press: Cadet Chapel, the landmark Gothic church that is a center for spiritual life at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, hosted its first same-sex wedding Saturday. Penelope Gnesin and Brenda Sue Fulton, a West Point graduate, exchanged vows in the regal church in an afternoon ceremony, [Read More...]

100,000 Catholics march against gay marriage in France

Details: More than 100,000 protesters organized by Catholic groups staged separate demonstrations in French cities over the weekend to protest against government plans to legalize same-sex marriage next year. Most of them took to the streets on Saturday, backed by the French Catholic Church and joined by several senior clerics, and several thousand more paraded [Read More...]

South Carolina diocese votes to leave Episcopal Church over same-sex marriage

Details, from the Christian Post: Despite the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church writing a pastoral letter to the members of the South Carolina diocese to stay, a majority of parishes voted to leave the denomination over its ordination of gay clergy and acceptance of same-sex unions. The vote took place at a convention organized [Read More...]

Weigel: Church should get out of the civil marriage business

From his weekly column, published today: It seems important to accelerate a serious debate within American Catholicism on whether the Church ought not pre-emptively withdraw from the civil marriage business, its clergy declining to act as agents of government in witnessing marriages for purposes of state law. If the Church were to take this dramatic [Read More...]

Minnesota Catholic leaders disappointed in vote over marriage amendment

Details: Minnesota Catholic leaders issued statements on Wednesday expressing deep disappointment over the defeat of the proposed marriage amendment. The Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of Catholic bishops in Minnesota, said that despite the setback, “our efforts to promote and defend the cornerstone social institution of marriage will continue.”… …Minnesota Catholic bishops have been [Read More...]

Biden defines “the civil rights issue of our time”

Details: Vice President Joe Biden said transgender discrimination is “the civil rights issue of our time” during a visit to a Florida field office on Tuesday, according to pool reports. Biden was meeting with volunteers at an Obama for America office in Sarasota, Fla., when he singled out one woman “who he thought had beautiful [Read More...]

Is this what schism looks like?

I have to wonder if same sex marriage will be the issue that finally and irrevocably rends the American church in two. First, there’s Seattle: The folk mass hymns and gospels were familiar, the response “And with your spirit” recited Sundays in church by millions of Catholics, but the 120 faithful gathered outside Seattle’s St. [Read More...]

NFL’s Man of the Year, Matt Birk of the Ravens, speaks out against gay marriage

The story, from the Baltimore Sun: Ravens center Matt Birk is expected to film a video this week opposing Maryland’s new same-sex marriage law, making him the second player on the team to take a public stand on the referendum. Birk, a Roman Catholic and father of six, is pressing a view opposite that of [Read More...]


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