Gay Marriage and Other Churches

We know where the Catholic Church stands on the issue of gay marriage.  But how about other faiths? Jaweed Kaleem at Huffington Post has an interesting wrap-up, in light of Wednesday’s SCOTUS decisions: Most of the nation’s biggest religious groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church (68 million members), Southern Baptist Convention (16 million), United [Read More...]

USCCB Reacts to SCOTUS Decisions: “Tragic Day for Marriage and Our Nation”

From a statement released a short time ago: The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president [Read More...]

Defying Archbishop, Parishes Will March in Gay Pride Parade

Details: Parishioners from St. Andrew Catholic Church, which has a longstanding commitment to social justice issues, will march in Sunday’s Portland Pride Parade with a banner proclaiming their parish identity, despite the wishes of Archbishop Alexander K. Sample. At least four Catholic parishes are expected to participate in the parade, according to the Rev. Tara Wilkins, executive director of [Read More...]

Ohio Graduation Speaker Dropped Over Support for Gay Marriage

Details:  A local politician says he was asked to step aside as the commencement speaker at a Catholic high school in Columbus because he has been an advocate for same-sex marriage rights. Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady offered the explanation yesterday after a parent told The Dispatch he had failed to show up at Saturday’s graduation at [Read More...]

Poll Shows Most Americans See Gay Marriage as Inevitable

Details:  Nearly three-quarters of Americans, including a majority of those who personally object to extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, say legal recognition of gay marriage is “inevitable,” according to a survey by the Pew Research Center released on Thursday. The survey found that just over half of Americans favor giving gays and lesbians the [Read More...]

Bishop Argues for “Only One Authentically Catholic” View of Gay Marriage Before a Hostile Audience

From National Catholic Reporter:  Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., walked into a beehive when he agreed to speak about same-sex marriage before a small audience in Phoenix over the weekend. But at least the bishop was there, taking the stings. Paprocki joined Sr. Jeannine Gramick, a longtime advocate for gay and lesbian people, on [Read More...]

“I Refuse to Administer Communion to Any Boy Scout of America…”

Hard to believe, but on the same day, I encountered these two wildly disparate items. They almost gave me whiplash. First, via Mark Shea, a priest blogger draws a line in the sand: A Boy Scout has to swear, on one’s honor, before God and everyone, to uphold the revised Boy Scout Law of celebrating [Read More...]

She’s Queer. She’s Here. And Now She’s Explaining Why.

“She” is the always-engaging and surprising Eve Tushnet:  When I became Catholic in 1998, as a college sophomore, I didn’t know any other gay Christians. I’d been raised in a kind of pointillist Reform Judaism, almost entirely protected from homophobia; when I realized I was gay it was, if anything, a relief. I thought I [Read More...]

Educator says Catholic job offer was withdrawn after speculation that he is gay

Details of a surprising discrimination claim, from Wisconsin:  A day after Regis Catholic Schools announced Tim Nelson would not become its next president, he charged that Regis officials pulled the job offer based on speculation he may be gay. Nelson, 48, who was announced April 4 as the choice to lead the local private school [Read More...]

Bishop returns petition to gay man, with one comment

You may remember this story from earlier in April.  Now, an update:  The story of a Long Island Catholic ousted from his parish jobs for marrying his male partner generated headlines, outrage and an 18,000-signature petition to Bishop William Murphy to have Nicholas Coppola reinstated. But now the tale has an odd coda: Murphy, who [Read More...]