It seems that before gay marriage was legal, in order to form a family union, an older homosexual man would sometimes adopt his young lover. Now a father is trying to get a court to dissolve the adoption so that he can marry his son. [Read more…]
A synod of bishops has been meeting at the Vatican discussing “the family” and possible changes to Roman Catholic practice, including being more welcoming to gays and allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion. The meeting closed on Sunday, proposing very few changes to church teaching. It affirmed that there is no basis for same-sex marriage and allowed for a very restrictive process that might allow some divorced Catholics, on a case-by-case basis, to receive the Sacrament.
The Pope expressed anger that so little, in his view, was accomplished, accusing conservative bishops of having “closed hearts.”
After the jump, excerpts from two stories: One includes the reasons why divorced and remarried Catholics are excluded from the Sacrament (they commit a mortal sin every time they have sex an example of Catholic sin-counting that figured in the Reformation). The other gives the reaction of Pope Francis, who theoretically could make changes on his own authority. [Read more…]
The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its “God hates gays” demonstrations and military funeral disruptions, is now picketing Kim Davis, the county clerk who refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Why? According to the church, gay marriage is God’s punishment. We must accept that punishment. Therefore, breaking the laws that require gay marriage is rebellion against God. [Read more…]
Kim Davis has returned to work as a county clerk after serving time in jail for refusing to obey a court order to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Here is how they worked things out: She will not issue the marriage licenses, but her deputies will. She will not sign them and her name will not appear on the documents. Rather, they will contain the notation that they were issued under the order of U.S. District Judge David Bunning.
Is this a good solution, or does it just set up technicalities that can assuage a conscience while ignoring the larger issue? If it is a good solution, can it be a model for other religious liberty cases?
Meanwhile, other officials from other states are following Mrs. Davis’s example in refusing to be complicit in gay marriages.
P.S.: You also need to read this about Kim Davis, in light of all of the mockery for her “hypocrisy” for what she did before she converted to Christianity a few years ago.
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has been in jail for the last five days for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, has been released. The judge who found her in contempt reasoned that since her deputies in the office are giving marriage licenses to gays, there is no need to hold her. But the question of whether her signature will still have to appear on the licenses–the sticking point for her–does not seem to have been resolved, so this case may not be over. [Read more…]
Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was found to be in contempt of court and put in jail.
I can see her losing her job if she won’t do what the state requires. Actually, if she can’t do that job in good conscience, she should resign. But putting her in jail? Does this amount to criminalizing her Christian faith, which she says motivates her refusal?
UPDATE: I see that she is an elected official and can only be removed by impeachment, which the conservative state legislature is considered unlikely to do.