Marriage General

Ilinois Passes Same-Sex Civil Union Bill
Catholic Gov. to Sign It
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, December 2, 2010 - Brushing off the objections of his Catholic bishop, the governor of Illinois has vowed to sign into law a bill that the Senate passed Wednesday, allowing same-sex couples to receive marriage-like benefits.


National Call for Prayer/Novena
Oral Arguments for Prop 8 Appeal on December 6

Join the Prayer Brigade to Save Marriage
Ask Others to Join You
SAN FRANCISCO, November 24, 2010 -- On December 6, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear oral arguments in a case that could be the Roe v. Wade of marriage. On December 6, attorneys representing the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund will ask a three judge panel to overturn last August's decision by Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker that solely recognizing marriage between a man and a woman as valid is irrational and only can be attributable to bigotry.

Prop 8 Case could be the Roe v. Wade for Marriage -- Archbishop Kurtz
Marriage Top USCCB Priority
BALTIMORE, November 16, 2010  -- Saying "today is like 1970 for marriage," Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., urged his fellow bishops Nov. 15 to look at the challenges to traditional marriage as if they could see Roe v. Wade on the horizon. He likened the situation for laws about marriage to the period just before Roe legalized abortion in 1973. "If you had seen Roe v. Wade coming three years out, what would you have done differently?"

An ecological blind spot
Contraceptives are polluting women's bodies and the environment,
but who cares?

There is a huge effort today to protect the physical environment from the unintended effects of human activity. We have international agreements and national policies to reduce global warming by curbing excess carbon, produced as human beings pursue their material wellbeing.

Gay Groups Target DOMA with New Lawsuits
NEW YORK, November 10, 2010  – Two more lawsuits have been launched against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), bringing even more legal pressure to bear on the beleaguered marriage law.

Bad Night for Marriage in California
Anti-Marriage Candidates Elected in California
Good Progress Elsewhere

SAN FRANCISCO, November 3, 2010 With the election results in California, Equality California, proponents of redefining marriage to accommodate same-sex couples, must be dancing in the streets. It appears that in state-wide offices, top to bottom, active proponents of same-sex “marriage” were elected. Governor-elect Jerry Brown is the current attorney general who refused to defend Prop 8 in the state constitution as passed by the voters. The lieutenant governor-elect is Gavin Newsom, the current San Francisco Mayor who illegally started marrying same-sex couples in 2004 and is infamous for the quote, "It's going to happen, whether you like it or not.”

Push to Use Immigration 'Reform' to Advance Same-sex Marriage
Oct. 18, 2010 -- Bishop  John Wester of Salt Lake City has warned U.S. Senators that support by the USCCB for any immigration reform bill would be jeopardized by including "permanent partner" status for unmarried couples including same-sex couples.

Family is Under 'Permanent Attack' by United Nations, Says Cardinal
GUADALAJARA, Mexico, October 7, 2010  - The Cardinal Archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, gave a speech Sunday in which he lashed out at the United Nations and other international organizations that he says are running a campaign to destroy the family.

Gay Rights Groups Target ‘Communities of color’
Attempt to change minority attitudes on marriage
SAN FRANCISCO, October 5, 2010 -- The Horizons Foundation, the nation’s oldest LGBT foundation, is opening up a new front in California’s battle over the definition of marriage. In 2010, Horizons is awarding $350,000 in grants to organizations throughout California to “help build bridges and support for same-sex marriage in communities of color.”

CA Victory for Marriage -- SB 906 Vetoed
Your Petitions Delivered Last Friday
Governor Vetoed Anti-Marriage Bill
SACRAMENTO, October 1, 2010 -- At the final deadline for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign or veto bills from this legislative session, he surprised us by vetoing SB 906, the “Trojan Horse” marriage bill sponsored by organizations working to undermine Prop 8 and marriage between a man and a woman.

Poverty --  The High Cost of Marriage Breakdown
ROME, September. 26, 2010 - The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest figures on income and poverty on Sept. 16. According to the report the official U.S. poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3%, up from 13.2% in 2008. In raw numbers this adds up to 43.6 million people in poverty in 2009, compared to 39.8 million in 2008.

Midwest Catholic Bishops Exhort Flocks to Fight for Marriage
DES MOINES, IA, September 21, 2010 – The Catholic bishops of Iowa and Minnesota are sending Catholics a strong message this year: get out of the pews and into the political arena to protect marriage in their state constitutions.

"Marriage and Children—Reshaping the Dialog to Reflect the Human Reality"
Video -- Manhattan Forum Lecture July 27, 2010

Catholics for the Common Good Chairman, William B. May, presents the Seventh Manattan Forum Lecture in the monthly series that culminated in a day long conference on the Manhattan Declaration on September 18, 2010 in Danville, CA. May who led the Catholic response in the Prop 8 campaign, discusses how to apply the lessons of Prop 8 to rebuilding a marriage culture.

Catholic Marriages Plummet in Britain
LONDON, September 13, 2010  – In the lead-up to the pope’s visit, the Catholic bishops have striven to create a positive spin on the situation of the Catholic Church in Britain, but statistics have shown dramatic drops in most indicators of Catholic life since the 1982 visit of Pope John Paul II. Most significant, particularly in the light of Pope Benedict’s emphasis on the value of marriage, has been the precipitous drop in Catholic weddings in all dioceses in the country.

Texas Court Upholds Ban on Gay ‘Marriage’
DALLAS, Texas, September 3, 2010  - A Texas appeals court has struck down a trial court’s ruling Tuesday that the state’s ban on same-sex “marriage” violated the rights of a homosexual couple seeking a divorce. The court declared that “the natural ability to procreate” constituted the rational basis to restrict marriage to a man and a woman.

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