Marriage Reality Articles

Celebrate the Reality of Marriage
The reality of marriage has become obscured today because of the influcences of relativism and the secular culture. It has been diminished for many as merely the public recognition of a loving committed relationship for the private interest of a man and a woman. The following essay helps focus on the reality of marriage as a foundational part of God's plan for creation, and the Catholic understanding of its sacramental nature.

The pain of anonymous parentage
A new US forum gives voice to the grown children of anonymous donors.
SYDNEY, January 26, 2011 -- It had to happen sooner or later: a forum for people born from reproductive technologies, especially donor eggs and sperm. There are many forums where IVF mums can swap stories about their pregnancies, but none about the mums’ children. Until now.

A right to a child?
ROME, January 10, 2011 – When I first started writing about ethical issues surrounding the then very new artificial reproductive technologies (ARTs), about ten years ago, I remember receiving an email from a young man who was studying law at an American Catholic university. He told me that he and his classmates had been debating some hypothetical legal situations that could arise given that the many practices of ARTs were then, as now, largely unregulated in the U.S.

The Marriage of Mary and Joseph
Feast of the Holy Family
Emphasizes the Value of Marriage
SAN FRANCISCO, December 27, 2010 -- In the Gospel for the Feast of the Holy Family, Joseph received instructions in a dream telling him how best to care for and protect his wife and newborn son. In our modern language, we call Joseph “Jesus’ foster father”. While it may be the best we can do, the connotation is that Joseph is temporary or interchangeable. Is that really true?

Vallejo Elementary Schools:
Anti-Marriage Curriculum
Starts as Early as Kindergarten
    See Video
SAN FRANCISCO, December 23, 2010 -- Just two weeks ago, an elementary school board in Vallejo, CA turned away protests by parents and decided that children as early as kindergarten would be forced to watch videos and participate in programs that have the effect of undermining their understanding of love, marriage and the family.

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.

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?"

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.”

Woman Seeks Identity of Anonymous Sperm-Donor Father
VANCOUVER, BC, October 26, 2010 – In a case showing the painful consequences faced by children conceived through artificial reproduction, a British Columbia woman is petitioning the courts to find out the identity of her father, an anonymous sperm donor.

Court Allows San Francisco County ResolutionThat
Condemns Catholicism as 'Insulting,' 'Hateful'
SAN FRANCISCO, October 26, 2010 -- The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has shakily allowed to stand a resolution by the city government of San Francisco that lambasted the Vatican as "meddl[ing]" and "insult[ing]" for reaffirming its teaching against homosexual adoption, and which urged Church officials to disobey the Magisterium.

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