California Catholic school fires teacher after gay wedding

Details:  A Rancho Cucamonga man who taught 17 years at a Catholic high school was fired from his job days after he married his gay partner in a San Bernardino civil ceremony. While school representatives declined comment on the matter, an attorney representing 45-year-old Ken Bencomo says he was fired because of the same-sex ceremony. [Read More...]

What can you do about Catholics who support same-sex marriage?

Well, despite what you may think, you can’t just automatically excommunicate them. Canon lawyer Ed Peters notes one case in particular:  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Catholic, is pushing the ‘gay marriage’ agenda in the Land of Lincoln to the obvious and rightful chagrin of Catholics faithful to the natural law (not to mention, to [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

This is what happens when you oppose same-sex marriage in Maryland

From NBC News:  The chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University was put on administrative leave Wednesday after the school learned she had signed a petition supporting efforts to reverse Maryland’s same-sex marriage law, media reports say. Dr. Angela McCaskill signed the petition at her church after her preacher spoke against gay marriage, the Planet DeafQueer blog [Read More...]

Duly noted in the wedding announcements…

A former boss from CBS sent this my way, noting: “I found the description of the living arrangements and book title amusing…” From yesterday’s New York Times:  Trevor Douglas McLaren and Owen Patrick Ryan were married Saturday in Washington. Guy Cecil, the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and a Universal Life minister, [Read More...]

In Washington, Catholic churches cannot take up special collection to fight gay marriage

From the Associated Press:  Washington’s campaign finance watchdog says the state’s Catholic churches can’t collect donations from parishioners for the campaign seeking to overturn the state’s gay marriage law. Last week, Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson sent a letter to pastors in 41 parishes of the Yakima Diocese asking them to announce a special collection that [Read More...]

On the wedding announcements page: priest assists at same sex wedding?

A wedding announcement in this Sunday’s New York Times: Roger Thomas Danforth and Richard James Termine were married Friday evening in New York. The Rev. David C. Parsons, a Lutheran minister, officiated aboard the Lexington, a chartered yacht, on the East River, with the Rev. Michael DeVito, a Roman Catholic priest and a cousin of Mr. Termine, [Read More...]

First same-sex religious “commitment” ceremony performed by Army chaplain

Details from CNN: A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday. The “private religious ceremony” took place at Fort Polk in Louisiana in May, post spokesman Scott Stearns said, but he would confirm few other details. Rep. John Fleming, a [Read More...]


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