Churches pass the collection plate to fight gay marriage

From the Associated Press: Scores of Maine churches will pass the collection plate a second time at Sunday services on Father’s Day to kick off a fundraising campaign for the lead opposition group to November’s ballot question asking voters to legalize same-sex marriages. Between 150 and 200 churches are expected to raise money for the [Read More...]

Pelosi: my faith “compels me” to support same-sex marriage

Details: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that her Catholic faith “compels” her to “be against discrimination of any kind” and thus for same-sex marriage. A reporter asked Pelosi: “Many of the people that are opposed to gay marriage cite their religion as the reason why they’re opposed. You’re a Catholic that supports gay [Read More...]

Kansas law would require churches to host gay weddings — UPDATED

Details – and a grateful H/T to Marcel at Aggie Catholics: Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties. The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s [Read More...]

Pastor who declined gay marriage petition gets standing ovation

Earlier, I posted about parishes in Seattle that were declining to take part in the petition drive against same sex marriage. Now, some reaction from the pews: The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev.. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not [Read More...]

Facebook petition pushes for Bert and Ernie to get married — UPDATED

That sound you hear is my palm slapping my forehead. Details: In this horrific age of LGBT kids taking their own lives, they need to know that they ARE BEAUTIFUL and their lives are worth living. Aside from those that are committing suicide, the bullies that facilitate these tragedies need to learn that homophobia is [Read More...]

"I have a public obligation to try to change that injustice"

That is how Maryland’s Catholic Governor Martin O’Malley  responded to a letter from Baltimore’s archbishop, asking that he withdraw his support for a bill that would legalize gay marriage. The remarkable  correspondence was reported in the Catholic Review: Two days before Gov. Martin J. O’Malley announced his July 22 decision to sponsor legislation legalizing same-sex [Read More...]

New "ministers" performing same sex weddings

So says the New York Daily News, which reported on this unfortunate phenomenon yesterday. Details: John DeLamar will stand before two of his closest friends tomorrow and proudly pronounce them newlyweds. The 29-year-old has not officiated at a wedding before, and never had ambitions to become a minister, but New York‘s same-sex marriage bill changed [Read More...]

Catholic innkeepers sued for refusing to host gay wedding

It happened in Vermont, over a reception that was slated to be held at the inn pictured below. Details: A Vermont inn violated state anti-discrimination rules by refusing to host the wedding reception for two New York City women, the couple said in a lawsuit Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union’s [Read More...]

New York clerk quits over gay marriage: "I have to choose between my job and my God"

A woman in upstate New York has taken a bold  stand on the issue. Details: A rural New York town clerk has resigned her post rather than grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “I would be compromising my moral conscience by participating in licensing same-sex couples,” Laura Fotusky, the clerk of the Town of Barker, [Read More...]

Who wants to wait to get married?

In New York, it seems, no one. With the law changing on same sex marriage, people are looking again at the rules requiring a waiting period for getting married.  Some are even trying to have the waiting period waived. From the New York Times: The year was 1936, and Jane H. Todd, a state assemblywoman [Read More...]