Marriage General

Bishop Savatore Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland, Chair USCCB Subcommittee on Promotion and Defense of Marriage,  CCG Adviser

Bishop Cordileone Expresses Grave Disappointment
NY Marriage redefinition:
An “abandonment of the common good”

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2011—In response to last Friday’s enactment of a law redefining marriage in the State of New York, Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, expressed “grave disappointment with the legislature’s abandonment of the common good.”

The “Hook-Up” Culture on Catholic Campuses:
A Review of the Literature
Executive Summary
- June 2011
There is a growing body of data that points to a degraded student “hook-up” culture on many college campuses–including Catholic college campuses–marked by casual sexual activity. This paper provides a systematic review of the social science literature that has been published in the last twenty years on the dating and mating behavior of college students and assesses what many of these researchers have identified as the very real damage done by the embrace of a hook-up culture.

-- The New York legislature’s passage of a gay “marriage” bill will undermine families and will enable efforts to sanction those who preach the true nature of marriage, the state’s Catholic bishops said June 24.

And Now There Are Six - Redefining Marriage
Is There a Bright Side?
Commentary by Michael Cook,
June 28, 2011-- The legalisation of same-sex marriage in the state of New York is not altogether bad news. It could wake up voters in other states – and other countries – to the strengths of the push for “marriage equality” and to the weaknesses of the defence of traditional marriage.

NY Senators Delay Vote to Redefine Marriage
Possibility Still Looms
ALBANY, NY, June 21, 2011 -- New York state senators did not reach a conclusion about homosexual "marriage" as the Senate met before its summer recess on June 20.

Archbishop Appeals to NY Legislators
The True Meaning of Marriage
NEW YORK, June 12, 2011-- The stampede is on.  Our elected senators who have stood courageous in their refusal to capitulate on the state’s presumption to redefine marriage are reporting unrelenting pressure to cave-in.

Rhode Island House Speaker Admits
Bill to Redefine Marriage Dead
PROVIDENCE, April 27, 2011-- A top legislative supporter of [redefining marriage to accomodate same-sex couples] in Rhode Island has conceded that there is too much opposition in the state Senate for the state’s [so-called] gay “marriage” bill to pass, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Retired Judge Vaugh Walker Prop 8 decision motion to vacate

Motion Filed to Throw Out Walker Prop 8 Decision
Cites Judge’s Conflict of Interest
Long-Term Gay Relationship Similar to Plaintiffs’
SAN FRANCISCO, April 25, 2011-- This afternoon, attorneys for filed a motion asking the U.S. District Court to throw out former Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision invalidating Prop 8 on the grounds that Walker failed to disclose a long-term, same-sex relationship, and should have disqualified himself before trial.

Former Solicitor General Paul Clement hired to defend DOMA

DOMA Attorney Forced to Resign from Firm
WASHINGTON, DC, April 25, 2011-- On April 17, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement was hired to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Within the week, Clement had been forced to resign from his law firm. This is just the latest example of the heavy-handed tactics of gay rights' groups in their effort to redefine marriage and stifle any dissent. 

Delaware House legalizes gay civil unions;
Governor will sign

DOVER, Delaware, April 14, 2011 – House lawmakers in Delaware have enacted civil unions legislation that will give homosexual couples all of the legal benefits and obligations of marriage, except for the name.

Delaware poised to pass gay civil unions
DOVER, Delaware, April 14, 2011– Lawmakers in Delaware are poised to pass legislation that would give homosexual couples a marriage-like legal status that has everything but the name “marriage” attached to it.

Majority of Catholics Confused About Marriage
Support Same-Sex Unions

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2011 - Support for same-sex “marriage” and civil unions runs high among the Catholic population, even claiming the majority of Catholics who attend Mass weekly, according to a poll released this month.

Interracial Marriage Bans Were About Eugenics,
Not Redefining Marriage
Claimed "Fundamental Right to Marry" is Bogus

People defending the reality of marriage often have difficulty responding to claims that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is similar to the bans on interracial marriage that were in place in some U.S. states as lated as 1967.  From the cases overturning those bans, those advocating for the redefinition of marriage alsofalsely claim that the courts established a fundamental right to marriage that applies to same-sex couples. What is going on is another attempt to confuse people about the redefinition of marriage, trying to claim discrimination against same-sex couples is similar to discrimination against interracial couples seeking marriage. This is a scurulous distortion and cover up of one of the most ugly eras in American history.

Catholics, Marriage and Race
Catholics Lead Effort to Overturn Bans on Interracial Marriage
Most Californians know that the Catholic bishops of California strongly supported Proposition 8 that restored the definition of marriage between a man and a woman in November 2008.  Most do not know that Catholics also strongly opposed race-based marriage laws and argued strongly for their abolition. The motives and logic of Catholics and their bishops have not changed.  Society arises from marriage. Marriage is a reality that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union. It is obvious on its face, that race is totally irrelevant to the reality of marriage.

Repeal DOMA Bills Introduced
in US House and Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17, 2011 – U.S. House and Senate Democrats launched their own attack Wednesday against the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), filing legislation to repeal the 1996 federal statute, less than a week after House Republicans pledged to defend it in court.

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