Marriage General

Archbishop John Nienstedt on protecting the meaning of marriage
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 17, 2011 -- In April 2010, Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, wrote a commentary on why Minnesotans should care about passing a Marriage Amendment that was published in the Star Tribune. It is posted here as an excellent example of how to present the issue about marriage in a very effective way. 

USCCB condemns ‘Catholic’ group
Misleads on Marriage and Homosexuality
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2011 – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) warned Catholics this week against the self-identified “Catholic” group New Ways Ministry’s position on [marriage and ] homosexuality.

Administration DOMA Decision
Puts Children Second, Special Interests First

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 23, 2011 – On Wednesday, February 23, the Obama Administration announced that it would no longer defend Federal Law Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because they contend it discriminates against gays and lesbians. Here is Catholics for the Common Good’s response:

Massive $10 million gay ‘marriage’ campaign
Launched on Valentine’s Day
NEW YORK, February 14, 2011  - The largest-ever national public campaign to sway Americans towards same-sex “marriage” launched today, Valentine’s Day, with a media blitz of TV, radio, and online ads.


Action for World Marriage Day
2nd Sunday in Februrary
What is Your Parish Planning?
What Can You Do?

In 1993, his Holiness, Pope John Paul II, imparted his Apostolic Blessings on World Marriage Day, which is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of February. The USCCB has encouraged this celebration as a way of supporting their mission to promote the reality of marriage, their top priority for 2011. It comes just before Valentine's Day, a traditional time to celebrate love, friendship, and romance. In addition, Valentine's Day is becoming a day for politics and contention. The media will be full of reports of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses across the country, advocating that marriage be redefined as merely a committed relationship for the benefit of adults. However, this is a reminder that events provide educational opportunities.

CCG Responds to
Shocking U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage
WASHINGTON, January 19, 2011 — The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear an appeal over the right of District of Columbia citizens to vote on the legal definition of marriage in the case Jackson v. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (known as Jackson II). William B. May, Chairman of Catholics for the Common Good found the decision "shocking" in a statement released today. The Court made its decision without comment.

Gay ‘Marriage’ Battles Heat Up
Maryland, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire
CONCORD, New Hampshire, January 14, 2011 – The battle over same-sex “marriage” is starting to heat up, with proponents trying to legalize it in two states, and pro-family advocates hoping to enact repeal of gay “marriage” legislation in another.

Decision Pending from SCOTUS
Will DC Marriage Vote Case Be Heard?
WASHINGTON, January 11, 2011 -- According to the U.S. Supreme Court's public docket, the justices were scheduled to meet privately on this Friday to decide whether to hear the case filed by Washington, DC citizens who were denied the right to vote on an initiative that defined marriage as a union of a man and a woman. The announcement of their decision will likely be made on Tuesday, January 18. See background.

Catholics for the Common Good Adviser, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

CCG Episcopal Adviser to Head
USCCB Defense of Marriage Committee
WASHINGTON, January 5, 2011 — Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has appointed Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, California as chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage. Bishop Cordileone succeeds Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who was elected vice president of the USCCB in November 2010.

Prop 8 Standing Issue Sent to CA Supreme Court
Will Federal Case Be Decided on Merits or Technicality
SAN FRANCISCO, Tuesday, January 04, 2011 — Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals booted a decision to the California Supreme Court  on whether Prop 8 proponents,, have standing to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker's radical decision to redefine marriage to accomodate same-sex couples in California. This is a postive development as the California Supreme Court has twice granted standing to committees representing the voters on issues related to marriage. If standing were denied, Prop 8 will be overturned with no one left to defend the will of the 7 million voters that defined marriage as a union of a man and a woman in the state constitution in November 2008.

Video: Oral Arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Perry v Schwarzengger Prop 8 appeal

Religious Leaders Voice Shared Commitment to Protect Marriage
WASHINGTON (December 6, 2010) — Leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the United States have come together to express their commitment toward the protection of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In an open letter released today, entitled “The Protection of Marriage: A Shared Commitment,” leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, Orthodox, Pentecostal and Sikh communities in the United States affirmed the importance of preserving marriage’s unique meaning.

Primer for 9th Circuit Oral Arguments
Prop 8 Appeal Hearing to be Televised: Monday, December 6
SAN FRANCISCO, December 3, 2010 -- What are the issues in the case? What is important to look for? This case has the potential to be the Roe v. Wade for marriage with national consequences.

Unique Points Made on Reality of Marriage
CCG 9th Circuit Amicus Brief - Part 1

Prop 8 Voters Rational for Defining Marriage to Recognize Reality
SAN FRANCISCO, September 25, 2010 -- The Amicus Brief filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Prop 8 case was unique amongst the briefs filed. First the brief attempted to resolve the sources of confusion that Judge Walker and so many people have today about issues related to marriage and family by focusing on simple realities. While Judge Walker contended that voters were irrational to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman in Prop 8, CCG demonstrated that Prop 8 merely recognized the reality that marriage unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union. There is a public interest in recognizing that reality.

Pope's Words Used to Challenge Walker's Decision
CCG 9th Circuit Amicus Brief Summary Part 2
Walker Wrong to Make People of Faith "Strangers to the Laws"
SAN FRANCISCO, September 25, 2010 -- One might argue that it would be inappropriate to quote a religious source in an appeal for a court decision that says religion is harmful to gays and lesbians and people who base their public policy decisions on religious briefs are bigots. However, given that Pope Benedict XVI had addressed on his recent trip to the United Kingdom we believe there could not be a better way of making our point to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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