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    French Muslims join opposition to same-sex marriage

    By Tom Heneghan, Reuters/NBC - January 7, 2013

    PARIS — French Muslims have begun joining a mostly Catholic-led movement against same-sex marriage, widening opposition to the reform that the Socialist-led government is set to write into the law by June.

    Fifty Muslim activists issued an open letter on Monday urging fellow Muslims to join a major Paris protest against the law on Sunday. That followed a similar appeal last Saturday by the influential Union of French Islamic Organizations, or UOIF. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Thibault Camus, AP


    Colombian Church slams adoption by gay US journalist

    By Simon Edwards, Colombia Reports - December 14, 2011

    Colombia's Catholic Church and the country's Inspector General on Tuesday strongly criticized a court decision to allow a gay U.S. journalist to adopt two Colombian boys, suggesting he may become attracted to them.

    In an interview with newspaper El Tiempo, leading Colombian bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba said the new father has a "disorder of sexual identity" which will affect his relationship with his children. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by El Tiempo


    Church Wants France to Shelve "Pro-Gay" High School Biology Text

    By Stéphanie LeBars - LE MONDE/Worldcrunch - September 27, 2011

    PARIS - As a sign of how much the Catholic Church cares about biology, the Vatican was quick to chime in on a debate over the “becoming man or woman” section of France’s new high school biology curriculum.

    The goal of the section is to introduce teenagers to what is known as “gender theory,” which distinguishes between biological sexual differences and sexual identity, which can be influenced by social and cultural factors. The Church, which is critical of the theory, has rushed to publish a pamphlet entitled “Gender, the Controversy.” [Read Full Story]


    Brazil Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions Despite Catholic Protests

    Huffington Post - May 6, 2011

    By Bradley Brooks

    SAO PAULO -- Brazil's high court ruled that same-sex civil unions must be recognized, a decision welcomed as a watershed by gay activists who also hope it will cool rising violence against homosexuals in Latin America's most populous nation.

    The ruling, however, stopped short of legalizing gay marriage in Brazil, which has more Roman Catholics than any other country. The Catholic Church fought the measure.

    In a vote late Thursday, all but one of the 11 Supreme Court justices backed civil union rights for same-sex couple. One justice abstained.

    The court ruled that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as heterosexual pairs when it comes to alimony, retirement benefits of a partner who dies and inheritances, among other issues.

    In Latin America, gay marriage is legal only in Argentina and Mexico City. [Read Full Story]