Nun speaks out in support of same-sex marriage in Illinois

Really? Yes. Read on: Sister Donna Quinn, a Chicago native who has been a Catholic nun for over 50 years, said it’s about time for Illinois to approve legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage. “We believe in this, this has to be done,” she said. “We can do nothing less.” Quinn, the coordinator of the [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...]

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...]

Vermont Catholic innkeepers settle discrimination suit brought by lesbian couple

You may remember this story from last year.  Now an update: A couple has settled a discrimination lawsuit it filed against a Vermont inn that refused to host a wedding reception for the two women. The couple claimed the inn operators discriminated based on sexual orientation. The settlement calls for the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville [Read More...]

Tolerance in 2012 — UPDATED

This video is starting to make the rounds: Father Gerald O’Reilly prays outside of Chick-fil-A, (Watertower) in Chicago, Illinois on the 8th of August, 2012.  Watch what happens. UPDATE: Elizabeth Scalia has some thoughts on this video that may surprise you.   Read more.   [Read more...]

Chaplains adjust to repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Details: Col. Timothy Wagoner [shown above] has been an Air Force chaplain for 20 years, serving a denomination — the Southern Baptists — that rejects same-sex relationships. Yet here he was at the chapel he oversees, watching supportively as an airman and his male partner celebrated a civil union ceremony. “I wouldn’t miss it,” Wagoner [Read More...]

Archbishop: no same sex marriages at West Point chapel

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” may be history, and same sex marriages may be legal in New York State, but the archbishop for the military says you won’t see any of them happening at Catholic chapel of the U.S. military academy in New York: The Holy Trinity chapel at the military school is a Catholic parish, [Read More...]

Christian clerk refuses to issue gay marriage licenses

And of course, she’s now being sued over it.  It’s unfolding in the upstate New York town of Ledyard.  Details, from the New York Times: Rose Marie Belforti is a 57-year-old cheese maker, the elected town clerk in this sprawling Finger Lakes farming community and a self-described Bible-believing Christian. She believes that God has condemned [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...]

What we've come to: "Heterosexual Pride Day"?

I mean…really? From the AP: The city council of South America’s biggest city has adopted legislation calling for a Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of each December. Sao Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab must sign the legislation for it to become law and has said only that he is studying it. [Read More...]


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