Federal Court Strikes Down
California Marriage Law
SAN FRANCISCO, February 8, 2012 -- A federal appeals court has ruled that a California-voter-approved initiative to define marriage as between one man and one woman has no rational basis and violates the U.S. Constitution.
Archbishop Gomez Speaks Out
Appeals Court Prop 8 Decision
LOS ANGELES, February 7, 2012 -- The court’s decision reflects a basic confusion about what marriage is and what marriage is for, and about why the government has an interest in promoting and strengthening marriage.
Ninth Circuit Prop 8 Decision
THE JAMES R. BROWNING COURTHOUSE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 7, 2012 – “The decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Judge Walker’s radical decision overturning Prop 8 comes as no surprise,” said Catholics for the Common Good President William B. May.
9th Circuit Prop 8 Decision
Coming Tuesday AM
SAN FRANCISCO, February 6, 2012 -- We could be surprised, but given the reputation of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, it is likely they will uphold Judge Walker's radical decision to overturn Prop 8 when they announce their decision on Tuesday morning at 10 AM.
Being Catholic Means 'Paying a Price,'
Says Detroit Archbishop
VATICAN CITY, February 3, 2012 -- Being Catholic in 2012 involves “paying a price” for loving Jesus Christ and his Church, says Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit.
CCG Summit Gathers CA Leaders
Momentum for Action Building
Stand with Children,
An Expression of the New Evangelization
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Feburary 2, 2012 -- Stand with Children statewide leaders gathered recently at the 4th Annual CCG Leadership Summit in San Francisco to kick off the campaign to reposition marriage in public dialogue. The campaign focuses on the marriage crisis and the need to develop legislation, curricula, and public support to encourage people to marry before having children. Both Archbishop Niederauer and Bishop Cordileone were on hand to provide support and encouragement to the CCG leadership team.
Seattle Archbishop Testifies Against
State's Attempt to Redefine Marriage
OLYMPIA, WA, JANUARY 25, 2012 -- A Washington state bill that would recognize same-sex “marriage” poses a “grave challenge” to the common good, Archbishop of Seattle J. Peter Sartain warned.
San Diego Leaders Share their Story
From Hesitant Observers to Front Line Leaders
"Being Strong Catholic Not Enough"
SAN FRANCISCO, December 30, 2011 -- Amy and Jon Vance, CCG leaders in San Diego, share their story of how they became involved in the marriage movement. Like many of us, they were reluctant at first to speak on the issue. Now they are in the front lines, working with media, and leading others throughout their community. They share their story with us.
Record Drop in US Marriages
Caused by Social Changes
WASHINGTON D.C., December 16, 2011-- The fact that the number of Americans getting married is at a record low is due to changes in society’s values, public policy decisions and economic factors, says sociologist Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox.
Prop 8 Defense Lawyer Makes Strong Close
In 9th Circuit Conflict of Interest Argument
SAN FRANCISCO, December 9, 2011 -- The Prop 8 Legal Defense team went to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals again on Thursday to present arguments on two motions. The first hearing was to appeal the decision of Federal District Court Chief Judge David Ware to reverse the commitment of trial Judge Vaughn Walker that a video he made for his own use would never be made public. In the second hearing, Charles Cooper, on behalf of the voters of California, argued that Walker's decision must be set aside and a new trial granted because he did not disclose that he was in long-term committed same-sex relationship, the same circumstances as the plaintiffs seeking to overturn Prop 8. In other words, Walker was sitting in judgment of his own case, the defense team argued.
Mary is the Star of Evangelization
VATICAN, December 9, 2011--Gathered with members of his household Friday morning in the Redemptoris mater Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Benedict XVI heard the second in a series of sermons dedicated to the theme of the New Evangelization.
New Evangelization Depends on Families
VATICAN CITY, December 1, 2011 - "In our time, as in the past, the eclipse of God, the spread of an anti-family ideology and the abasement of sexual morality appear interconnected," Pope Benedict XVI told participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family today. This is why "the new evangelisation is inseparable from the Christian family. The family is the Church's 'path', because it is a 'human place' in which we encounter Christ. ... The family founded on the Sacrament of Marriage is an individual microcosm of the Church, a community which is saved and saves, which is evangelised and evangelises. Like the Church, the family is called to live, irradiate and express to the world the love and presence of Christ".
Illinois Bishops Announce
Shutdown of Adoption Services- Bishops in three Illinois dioceses announced Nov. 14 that they have dropped their lawsuit against the state and will shut down their adoption and foster care programs, after a civil union law required them to provide their services to same-sex couples.
DOMA Unlikely to Disappear
Before 2012 Elections-- Despite multiple legislative and judicial efforts to fight the Defense of Marriage Act, senators and legal experts agree that the law will most likely not be repealed in coming months.
CCG to Senate Judiciary Committee:
Don’t Oppose Only Institution Uniting Children with Parents
SAN FRANCISCO, November 7, 2011 -- In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, CCG President, William B. May cautioned the Senators that voting to repeal DOMA is “a statement that the government has no interest in the only institution that promotes that children be raised by their mothers and fathers.”