Same Sex Marriage & Catholics: Survey Says…

It's all about how you read the signs...Today's headline to a study claiming that Catholics support same sex marriage and want the Church to change its teaching:Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Catholics Want New Direction From Next PopeAmerican voter support for same-sex marriage is inching up and now stands at 47 - 43 percent, including 54 - 38 percent among Catholic voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.This compares … [Read more...]

Catholics in Washington State Defend Traditional Marriage in The Seattle Times.

If you live or have lived in Washington state, particularly the western side of the state, you know what's it's like. You're warned that we are the least churched state in the nation (a positioning we may have recently lost), that unless you're using NARAL talking points there's no place for your voice in a state that voted to make abortion legal before Roe v. Wade, and then voted at least two more times to confirm that vote. Despite the fact that you meet wonderful people both of faith and not … [Read more...]

Now What?

So the Washington State Legislature yesterday approved a bill to redefine marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry. Now what?As I predicted, the bill passed in time for supporters to make the most of Valentine’s Day. Sure, same-sex marriages can’t actually happen yet. But you can be sure that Valentine’s Day will take on a special significance for supporters of the bill next week. It’ll be a great publicity opportunity for them.But Valentine’s Day is the least of our concerns. Read … [Read more...]

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Justina McCaffrey has another thoughtful piece up at Huffington Post. This time, she's talking about what's missing from some weddings: the raw passion that makes two people commit to give themselves to each other completely.Weddings become productions that are based on entertainment, not centered on witnessing an incredible commitment - one that will probably be difficult to maintain at time - between two people who are also saying that they're willing to die to themselves in order to … [Read more...]

I’ll Love You Forever. Until Tomorrow.

In 2010, Washington, DC redefined marriage so that same-sex couples could marry.Part of the argument in favor of redefining marriage has been that same-sex couples in committed relationships should be allowed to marry because they are in a long-term relationship...that sort of looks like marriage.Now DC is considering legislation (at the Council level) that would make it easier for same-sex couples married in DC to divorce. This would also apply to any same-sex couple that married in DC … [Read more...]