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    Bishop's Claims Fail to Derail Marriage Equality in Uruguay

    By Peter Montgomery, Religion Dispatches Magazine - December 11, 2012

    On Tuesday night, the House of Deputies in Uruguay voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality. The marriage equality bill is also expected to pass the Senate easily; President Jose Mujica has pledged to sign it into law. Uruguay will soon join Argentina, which legalized marriage between same-sex couples in 2010.

    As in Argentina, marriage equality advanced in Uruguay over the objections of the Catholic hierarchy. Bishop Jaime Fuentes said last month, in language that will be familiar to marriage equality advocates in the U.S., that “children have a right to be raised by a father and mother, by birth or adoption.” [Read Full Story]


    Catholic Notre Dame Announces Services for Gay Students

    By Moni Basau, CNN - December 7, 2012

    Mia Lillis knew that she was gay when she was 12. She felt lucky to attend a public high school in Austin, Texas, that was highly supportive and had a gay student alliance. Then she arrived at the University of Notre Dame.

    She enrolled there because Notre Dame's reputation as a premier Catholic school appealed to her family. But from the very first day, Lillis was scared.

    She searched for a gay and lesbian student organization. There was none. She sought out literature for gay students. Again, nothing. [Read Full Story]


    Report: Roman Catholic Church Leadership Poured $2 Million Into Fight Against Marriage Equality

    By Sara Gates, Huffington Post - November 15, 2012

    While the results of this election represented a monumental victory in the fight for marriage equality, it turned out to be quite a costly one for the Catholic Church.

    During the election cycle, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church directed nearly $2 million toward campaigns against gay marriage in four states, according to a recent report from the Human Rights Campaign. Many of the contributions, derived from dioceses across the country, likely came from parishioners who had no knowledge of what the money would be used for, the HRC noted in a press release. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Gabriel Bouys, AFP/Getty Images


    Lennon Cihak, Minnesota Teen, Denied Confirmation For Supporting Gay Marriage On Facebook

    By Meredith Bennett-Smith, Huffington Post - November 15, 2012

    One Catholic teen's Facebook post reportedly cost him his confirmation last month after a picture of him holding a sign urging people to vote for "equal marriage rights" was spotted by his priest at a Minnesota church.

    Rev. Gary LaMoine of the Assumption Church in Barnesville, Minn., allegedly denied Lennon Cihak the religious rite of passage after seeing him online holding a sign altered to criticize the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports. The amendment would have changed the state’s constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Dave Wallis, The Forum/AP


    Vatican digs in after gay marriage advances in US, Europe; asks sarcastically why not polygamy

    By Associated Press - November 9, 2012

    VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is digging in after gay marriage initiatives scored big wins this week in the U.S. and Europe, vowing to never stop insisting that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

    In a front-page article in Saturday’s Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy See sought to frame itself as the lone voice of courage in opposing initiatives to give same-sex couples legal recognition. In a separate Vatican Radio editorial, the pope’s spokesman asked sarcastically why gay marriage proponents don’t now push for legal recognition for polygamous couples as well. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images