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Judge's Questions Point to Absurdity of Prop 8 MarriageTrial
Preparations for Closing Arguments on June 16
Prayer Needed

SAN FRANCISCO, June 9, 2010 -- The Prop 8 trial in San Francisco took another bizarre twist yesterday as groundwork is being laid for closing arguments in the case that are scheduled for Wednesday, June 16. The Judge asked plaintiffs and proponents for responses to series of questions that only highlight the absurdity of putting marriage and the intentions of California voters on trial. Some of the questions are listed below to demonstrate the point.

Parental Partnership in the Mission of Catholic Schools
Is it Just to Turn Children of Same-Sex Couples Away?

FALL RIVER, MA, May 28, 2010 The mission of Catholic schools emanates from the mission of the Catholic Church, commissioned by Jesus to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and instructing them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20). The fundamental purpose of Catholic schools is not to make “graduates” who go on to future educational and employment success, but to make “disciples.”

Prop 8 Marriage Trial Update: New Developments
ACLU and Equalty California Turn Over Documents
Closing Arguments Set for June 16

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2010 -- While the marriage trial in the San Francisco Federal District Courtroom of Chief Judge Vaughn Walker has been in recess since January 27, there have been some very important behind-the-scenes struggles that could have consequences for the outcome of the trial and for subsequent appeals, possibly heading all the way to the Supreme Court.

Oral Arguments on DC Marriage Case
DC Citizens Denied Right to Vote on Marriage Definition
"It Would Be Discriminatory to Permit a Vote"

WASHINGTON, DC, May 3, 2010 -- Tomorrow morning, May 4, the highest court in Washington, DC will hear an appeal for the rights of citizens in our nation’s capital to vote on the definition of marriage. When a citizens group, Stand4MarriageDC, led by Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr, submitted a petition to define marriage through the initiative process, the District’s Board of Elections ruled that it was discriminatory under the Human Rights Act to even let people vote on the definition of marriage. In the interim, the City Council redefined marriage clearing the way for same-sex marriages effective March 3, 2010.

Marriage is Focus for 2010 Catechetical Sunday
The US Bishops have announced that the 2010 theme for Catechetical Sunday will be "Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring Love". Catechetical Sunday will be September 19. Materials for that special Sunday will be posted as they are developed at

U.S. Senate Rejects Measure to Force D.C. Initiative on Marriage
Court Battle Continues for Right of D.C. Voters to Define Marriage

WASHINGTON, DC, March 25, 2010 --  At around 1:30am last night, the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment offered by Senator Bennett that would suspend the issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples in D.C. until a referendum or initiative is held.

Prospects for Marriage and the Family in the Current Legal Environment
Video-- Manhattan Forum Lecture Series, March 13, 2010
Catholics for the Common Good Senior Fellow, Ernest Pierucci,explores the arguments that contest or uphold the status of marriage as between a man and a woman in the Third Lecture in the Manhattan Forum Series presented by the Saint Anthony of Padua Institute on March 13, 2010.

California Therapist Association Forced to Change Family Views
Buckles Under Presure from Gay 'Marriage' Activists

SAN DIEGO, California, March 15, 2010 – Abandoning its long-held neutrality on the marriage debate, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) has slowly come to disavow pro-family views and sexual orientation therapy as "homophobic." Instead it now warmly supports homosexuality as a "normal and positive" variant of sexuality - all thanks to pressure by gay activists who have openly vowed to transform the organization from within.

D.C. Catholic Charities Forced to Cut Health Benefits
Far-Reaching Consequences of Same-Sex "Marriage"
Time for Catholics to Go on the Offense

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2, 2010 -- The new same-sex "marriage" law in Washington, D.C., taking effect on Wednesday, March 3, has created another consequence for Catholic Charities. It has forced Catholic Charities to drop healthcare benefits for spouses of its employees in order to protect its freedom of religious expression and its ability to provide services to the poor. Under the new law, Catholic Charities would be compelled to extend benefits to same-sex "spouses" of its employees if it extended spousal benefits at all. The changes in coverage will apply only to new employees and employees that are currently single or are married but have not previously opted for spousal medical insurance coverage.

The Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland, Episcopal Advisor to Catholics for the Common Good

Manhattan Declaration: Turning Point in History
New Ecumenical Moment

In his Lenten message for this year, Pope Benedict XVI focuses on the theme of justice. He reminds us that there can be no true justice without God, that is, without human beings recognizing their need for God and that only God can give us what we ultimately need.

Cardinal George:
Mormons, Catholics Must Defend Religious Freedom

PROVO, UT, February 23, 2010 -- The fight to defend moral principles is linking Mormons and Catholics like never before. "In recent years, Catholics and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have stood more frequently side by side in the public square to defend human life and dignity,"  Francis Cardinal George told nearly 12,000 students, faculty and community members gathered Tuesday at BYU.

Redefined “Marriage” Drives D.C. Church Out of Adoption Services
Legal Wrangling Continues Over Rights of Voters

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 25 -- The Washington, D.C. Archdiocese has announced that, after 80 years of service, Catholic Charities ceased providing foster care and adoption services within the District effective February 1. A new law redefining marriage to accomodate same-sex couples taking effect on March 3 prohibits any organization providing services in the District from treating same-sex couples differently than married men and women. The D.C. City Council refused to make an exception for religious groups that provide services, forcing the current decision.

Hijacking the Brain — How Pornography Works
WHEATON, IL, February 2, 2010  - We are fast becoming the pornographic society. Over the course of the last decade, explicitly sexual images have crept into advertising, marketing, and virtually every niche of American life. This ambient pornography is now almost everywhere, from the local shopping mall to prime-time television.

Ron Prentice Executive Director
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California Marriage Trial
Testimony Concludes-Battle Just Beginning
SAN FRANCISCO, January 29, 2010 -- With the courtroom testimony of the trial for marriage completed, there will be much more to come before Chief U.S. Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker actually renders a decision. Ron Prentice, Chairman and Executive Director of has provided some analysis and  a glimpse of the long road ahead.

Marriage Trial Update Blog

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