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    Entries in Gay Marriage (6)

    Thursday
    Dec272012

    Dutch Catholics “de-baptize” to protest Pope Benedict comments against gay marriage

    By Sara Webb, Reuters - December 27, 2012

    Thousands of Dutch Catholics are researching how they can leave the church in protest at its opposition to gay marriage, according to the creator of a website aimed at helping them find the information.

    Tom Roes, whose website allows people to download the documents needed to leave the Church, said traffic on ontdopen.nl – “de-baptize.nl” – had soared from about 10 visits a day to more than 10,000 after Pope Benedict’s latest denunciation of gay marriage this month.

    “Of course it’s not possible to be ‘de-baptized’ because a baptism is an event, but this way people can unsubscribe or de-register themselves as Catholics,” Roes told Reuters. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Reuters/Osservatore Romano

    Monday
    Dec242012

    Senior Roman Catholic Bishop links push for gay marriage to Nazi attack on religion in controversial Christmas sermon  

    By Daniel Martin, Daily Mail - December 24, 2012

    A senior Roman Catholic will today use his Christmas sermon to liken plans for the legalisation of gay marriage to the way the Nazis and Communists tried to undermine religion.

    The Bishop of Shrewsbury will launch a vociferous attack on the Coalition’s decision to fast track a vote on same-sex marriage in the New Year.

    The Right Reverend Mark Davies will use his midnight Mass to say marriage can only be between a man and a woman.

    And he will accuse the Prime Minister of attempting to redefine the institution of marriage for ‘generations to come’ without any mandate from the electorate. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Damien McFadden

    Wednesday
    Nov142012

    Uruguay Congress Considers Same-Sex Marriage Law; Roman Catholic Church Opposed

    By Pablo Fernandez, Associated Press - November 14, 2012

    Uruguay's congress is considering a gay marriage law that would give same-sex couples all the same rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples.

    The country already has a civil unions law and has stood out in Latin America lately for legalizing abortion and planning to sell government-grown marijuana to any citizen who wants it.

    The proposed "marriage equality" law would change Uruguay's nearly-century-old civil code and give married gays and lesbians all the rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples, including the possibility of adopting children. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Jan132012

    Bishop: Italy should recognize gay couples

    By UPI - January 13, 2012

    RAGUSA, Italy -- A Catholic bishop in Sicily broke with the Vatican to declare that the Italian government should recognize same-sex unions.

    Paolo Urso, bishop of the Sicilian city of Ragusa said gay couples should be legally recognized, ANSA reported Thursday. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by UPI/Shannon Stapleton/Pool

    Monday
    Dec052011

    Labor faces pulpit-led backlash on gay marriage

    By Matthew Franklin and Ean Higgins, The Australian - December 5, 2011

    LABOR'S approval of gay marriage has sparked a pulpit-led revolt and accusations that Julia Gillard has breached an election promise to protect the Marriage Act.

    Factional warlords engineered a political fix at the ALP national conference to save the Prime Minister's credibility, with the party backing her motion to give Labor MPs a conscience vote on the issue, but the decision to amend the platform to include same-sex marriage has set off a firestorm. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Aaron Francis, The Australian