"Gay and lesbian individuals share the same capacity as heterosexual individuals to form, preserve and celebrate loving, intimate and lasting relationships," the judge said.
What is a pope to do? That's the question raised by a story Monday in The Washington Post that highlighted a worldwide poll of Catholics. It shows that the faithful around the world (in general -- not everywhere on all issues) are much more progressive than the Vatican on selected issues.
NCR Today: It's been one year since Benedict's resignation; Shirley Temple dies; same-sex couples extended more federal privileges.
Four states have legalized same-sex marriage since the overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. More are poised to join them.
The global Catholic church is vastly divided on major issues, including gay marriage, abortion and women priests, according to a survey released by Univision.
The Scottish Parliament has passed a bill that will allow same-sex marriages to be performed later this year, but religious organizations have the right not to perform them.
Members of the Scottish Parliament supported the legislation, 105-18, at the end of a debate Tuesday and applauded when the result was announced.
Lawmakers had rejected pleas from the Catholic church to oppose the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill and also resisted attempts to amend it.
With little more than two months to go before Britain’s first same-sex marriage, the College of Bishops issued a statement saying that “no change” to the teaching on marriage is proposed or envisioned.
Grace on the Margins: In the eyes of the new generation, treating same-sex couples with mercy will not be enough to constitute what they see as justice.
Gay and lesbian Catholic students in Pennsylvania are joining alumni and others in pushing a Catholic high school near Philadelphia to reinstate a teacher who was fired after he applied for a marriage license with his partner.
The effort is one of several in support of Michael Griffin, who was dismissed by Holy Ghost Preparatory School, and they include a petition at Change.org that had drawn more than 7,500 signatures as of Monday.
We say: If the church faces a marketing failure on issues of sexuality, the failure is in listening to its people, not lousy marketing.