Marriage General

Democrats Leave Party Over
Marriage, Religious Freedom Concerns
-- A wave of local and state Democrats throughout the U.S. are leaving the party due to controversy over its leaders’ support for “gay marriage,” as well as concerns about religious freedom and the defense of the unborn.

Dissenting Judges Scold Colleagues
Appeals Court Denies Petition for En Banc Review

Prop 8 Remains in Effect Pending Appeal
Case Moves to Supreme Court

SAN  FRANCISCO, June 5, 2012 -- This morning, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split decision, denied a request by the Prop 8 legal defense team for a review by the full court (en banc) of the 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel in February that struck down Prop 8. The court did not disclose how close the deciding vote of the judges was, but the denial was not unexpected. It clears the way for the case to defend Prop 8 to go to the United States Supreme Court. We are pleased that the court decided to issue a stay that keeps Prop 8 in effect pending the appeal.

Pope: The Married Family
Can Change the World
-- Pope Benedict XVI has told the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan that the family based upon marriage can revolutionize modern society for the better.

1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down DOMA
Bishop Cordileone: Decision ‘Grave Injustice’
Respecting Reality of Marriage Protects Children
WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2012—A federal appeals court decision May 31 to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act is a matter of “grave injustice,” said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades, USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth questions Girl Scouts of America policies

Controversy Continues as Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years
Promotes Abortion and Anti-Marriage Agenda

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Girl Scouts of the USA is continuing to fall under scrutiny for its alleged connections to groups that promote abortion, contraception and homosexuality. 

North Carolina Victory
What it Means Going Forward
SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2012-- Despite a well financed campaign of deception by opponents, North Carolina's Amendment One received overwhelming support with a 61% to 39% win. This was a huge step forward in protecting the reality that marriage unites men and women and any children born of their unions.

Bill passed

CA "Trojan Horse" Marriage Bill
Moves to Senate Floor
Ask Your State Senator to Vote “No”
SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2012 -- When I testified at the recent Judiciary Committee hearing, you should have heard Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) describe how much he cares about churches. He detailed how he and Equality California want to make sure churches are protected should marriage be redefined in California.

ACTION Completed
Passed 4-1

CA Trojan Horse Marriage Bill Is Back
Creates Two Kinds of Marriage
Urgent Action Needed to Request a “NO” Vote
SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2012 -- The bill that Catholics for the Common Good described as the “Trojan Horse marriage bill” is back. Amendments earlier this week changed SB 1140 into the same bill the legislature passed in 2010 and was vetoed by then Governor Schwarzenegger. Authored again by San Francisco's Mark Leno and sponsored by Equality California, it redefines marriage under the guise of protecting priests and ministers from having to marry same-sex couples.

ACTION Completed

Opponents' Lies Could Lead to
Marriage Protection Upset in North Carolina

SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2012 -- Opponents to traditional marriage in North Carolina, in a desperate effort to defeat a critical marriage protection amendment, are releasing deceptive ads aimed at confusing voters—and, distressingly, they seem to be working. The Vote for Marriage NC campaign is urgently asking for your help. They need thousands of volunteers to call North Carolina voters between now and May 8. That is just a week and a half away.

NY Times Writer Defends
Church Teachings in Online Series
-- New York Times writer Ross Douthat has defended Catholic theological and moral teachings, in a series of articles explaining how the Church is not “fundamentalist” but simply “orthodox.”

UN Women's Commission
Rejects Expansion of 'Reproductive Rights'
-- Amid controversy over the “rights” to contraception and abortion, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women concluded its 56th annual meeting without reaching the necessary agreement for a concluding document.

HI Governor Neil Abercrombie will not defend marriage in Federal District Court 

Hawaii Lawsuit Shows
Civil Unions Help Redefine Marriage
- A Hawaiian lawsuit asking a federal court to instate “gay marriage” shows that the recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships and civil unions is just a stepping stone to redefining marriage, several critics say.

Court Challenge to Marriage in Hawaii
Governor Refuses to Defend
HONOLULU, March 5, 2010 — Hawaii's new civil union law took effect on January 1.It did not take long for three same-sex couples to file suit in federal district court claiming that the law gay rights groups advocated denied then equal protection and requested that Hawii's law protecting traditional marriage be overturned.

US Catholic Bishops
Reject Ruling Against Prop. 8The U.S. bishops condemned a federal court ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, saying the move defies the will of California voters and reflects “basic confusion” about the nature of marriage.

Federal Court Strikes Down
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.

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