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    Entries in Same-Sex Marriage (13)


    Cardinal George issues letter urging Catholics to oppose Illinois gay marriage bill

    By Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune - January 1, 2013

    Chicago's Cardinal Francis George and his six auxiliary bishops officially entered Illinois' gay marriage fray Tuesday, issuing a letter that urges parishioners to contact state legislators and voice opposition to a legalization bill that could face a vote this week.

    "Civil laws that establish 'same-sex marriage' create a legal fiction," George and the bishops wrote in a letter sent to priests Tuesday. "The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible." [Read Full Story]


    Phoenix diocese donates to anti-gay marriage effort, draws criticism

    By Lorri Allen, Cronkite News - October 23, 2012

    PHOENIX -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix donated $1,000 to a group leading efforts to pass a ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

    The contribution to the Minnesota Catholic Conference Marriage Defense Fund drew criticism from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a national group devoted to achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

    The HRC recorded about $30,000 from dioceses beyond Minnesota to the effort, along with $150,000 from dioceses within that state. [Read Full Story]


    Former Catholic priests announce support for same-sex marriage

    By Lornet Turnbull, The Seattle Times - October 11, 2012

    A group of 63 former Roman Catholic priests spoke out Thursday in support of Referendum 74, the November ballot measure that will ask voters to approve or reject Washington’s same-sex marriage law.

    The former priests, some with as many of 43 years of service and all now married, are all members of local parishes.

    Pat Callahan, a member of the group, said that for the last 27 years members have been a source of fellowship and support for each other. This is the first time the group has taken a public stance on an issue this important to the church. All but a handful of the group’s 120 or so members agreed to take this stance.

    Catholic bishops in Washington state have been active in their opposition to gay marriage, encouraging in-pew donations in many of its parishes. [Read Full Story]


    Catholic Bishop: Gay Marriage "Endangers Religious Liberty"

    Seattle PI - October 8, 2012

    The Catholic bishop of Yakima has delivered the most fiery denunciation yet of Referendum 74, claiming legalization of gay marriage “jeopardizes freedom rather than expands it,” and “endangers our religious liberty and the right of conscience.”

    Bishop Joseph Tyson, in a pastoral letter, begins by displaying a wedding picture of his parents, then paints a dark picture of what will happen if couples of the same gender are permitted to marry:

    “Once marriage is redefined as a genderless contract, it will become legally discriminatory for public and private institutions such as schools to promote the unique meaning of marriage . . .  This law will challenge our right to educate about the unique value of children being raised by his or her own mother and father in a stable home.” [Read Full Story]



    Gay Catholics protest ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ Mass in D.C. 

    By Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade - July 5, 2012

    Dozens of gay Catholics and their allies gathered outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast D.C. on Wednesday to protest the church’s campaign that challenges the Obama administration’s policies on same-sex marriage, health care and other issues.

    “We’re here as a non-partisan group of Catholics to say we don’t want our church involved in these kind of politics,” Joseph Palacios, director of the Catholics for Equality Foundation, told the Blade as he and other protesters stood in front of the basilica on Michigan Avenue, N.E. “We want our church leaders to be pastoral leaders particularly concerned with the poor and the vulnerable, the gay and lesbian community, women and the equal rights of all people rather than the partisan politics they seem to be playing.” [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade