A high-profile alliance of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage that calls same-sex unions "a graver threat" than divorce or cohabitation, one that will lead to a moral dystopia in America and the persecution of traditional believers.
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear four cases over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, tackling the questions of whether the 14th Amendment requires states to allow such marriages and whether it requires them to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.
A day after a fellow Florida prelate warned church employees not to publicly support the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage, Bishop Robert Lynch called Catholics to respond to the state’s new reality with “patience and humility.”
As Florida became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage this week, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski sent a memo to all church employees reiterating that any expressions of support for gay marriage -- even if it's only a tweet or Facebook post -- could cost them their jobs.
Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian Americans can be wed in 35 states and the District of Columbia. (Florida will boost that number to 36 starting Tuesday.) This year, the Supreme Court may put an end to the skirmish by legalizing what progressives call "equality" and conservatives dub a "redefinition" of this cherished social institution.
In addition to the 35 states now recognizing same-sex marriage, in some 10 other states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry.
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"To seek to re-define the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society," the Irish bishops' conference said.
Grace on the Margins: To understand the pope's attitudes on marriage and family, review what he’s said about women not gay Catholics.
Complementarity is a word and concept long rejected by those who care about the equality of women and men in our world.