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75% of Young Catholics in the US Support Marriage Equality

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

titleIn the wake of a conservative Bishop revolt over even saying one nice thing about gays and lesbians, there’s a new poll out.

Pink News reports:

A poll has found that young Catholics in the US overwhelmingly approve of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, despite the Church’s teachings. The Pew Research Centre research, conducted earlier this year, found that 85 percent of Catholics aged 18-29 approve of homosexuality, while 75 percent support equal marriage. A majority of every single age group accepted homosexuality, with the lowest support among over-65s – 57 percent of whom still approve of it.

How long until some of these youth get into Church leadership and start changing minds?

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Slovakia Anti Gay Activists Push to Ban Marriage Equality

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Slovakia - Google MapsThere’s a movement afoot in Slovakia to ban gay marriage via a referendum.

Joe.My.God reports:

The constitutional definition of marriage, which some gay-right-advocates openly called a ban on same-sex marriages, does not go far enough, some conservative activists say, as they gather signatures to force a referendum that would make the laws even stronger. Behind the referendum initiative is the Alliance for Family (AZR), which declares itself a non-partisan and non-religious organisation and which emerged during the preparations for the September 2013 March for Life as an alliance of dozens of pro-family organisations. It has collected over 300,000 signatures under its petition, which needs to be signed by 350,000 citizens in order to be binding for the president to hold a referendum. The AZR hopes to achieve this aim by the end of this summer, the Sme daily reported. The referendum could possibly be held together with the November 15 municipal elections.

Does it surprise you to know that a group of Catholic Bishops are backing the petition?

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Pope Francis wants to “study gay unions”

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

The VaticanThere’s time of changes in Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis, who took Peter’s throne one year ago, is studying the reasons why some people have decided to enter in gay civil unions, as stated by Cardinal Dolan in an exclusive interview on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Dolan stated that “[Pope] dind’t come right out and say he for gay civil unions” but he wants to study the reasons that have driven them. Dolan also claimed he himself believes that marriage between one man and one woman is “not something that’s just a religious, sacramental concern. It’s also the building block of society and culture”.

According to a survey conducted among Catholics in United States and Spain, they back gay marriage. In the rest of the world opposition persist but with increasing of support among young believers.

We also find growing support among clergy: last October, Pistoia’s Bishop Mansueto Bianchi, former vicepresident of episcopal conference of Tuscany, said to Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” that “Church is wrong with gay people” and that “People are more important than morality”. In April, Piero Marini, arcibishop of Martirano and Master of Ceremonies during Benedicts XVI’s papacy, stated that “we need to recognize same-sex unions”.

Maybe it’s time for Roman Catholic Church to come out to support LGBT rights?

USA, Utah: AG Needs More Money for Ban Defense; Churches Weigh In

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Utah Attorney General Sean ReyesA couple stories out of Utah today – first off, the state’s new Attorney General wants more money to defend the state’s ban on marriage equality.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says his office is seeking extra money from lawmakers to help pay for the state’s legal fight over same-sex marriage. Reyes is spending up to $300,000 on three outside attorneys to assist Utah’s defense of its ban on same-sex marriage as it heads to a federal appeals court. He says his office is covering the cost now but has limited resources he’d like to use elsewhere. Reyes on Tuesday asked lawmakers to help pay for additional attorneys in his office to reduce the regular workload on other staff.

Aren’t there better things he could be spending the state’s money on?

In related news, a number of church groups, including Mormons, Baptists, Catholics and others, filed a brief on the pending Utah and Oklahoma cases.

Think Progress reports:

“…the religious groups argue that their beliefs about marriage “have nothing to do with homosexuality.” The brief largely ignores any discussion of the gay community, leaving open the question of what banning same-sex couples from marrying actually does to the marriages of straight couples. Instead, the brief comes off as wholly passive-aggressive, implicating same-sex couples for hurting marriage without explicitly saying so… by arguing that there was, in fact, a purpose for the amendment other than discrimination against same-sex couples: namely, that it helps protect husband-wife marriage, which is good for society. The implication is that marriage has to be protected from same-sex couples, without any explanation as to why.”

Because there is no why. Briefs like these from marriage equality opponents are all fluff and air – there’s no “there” there.

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Croatia: In Wake of Gay Marriage Ban, Government to Pursue Civil Unions Bill

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013


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After a Catholic-backed referendum blocked marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, the government has decided to move ahead with a civil unions bill.

The New York Times reports:

The outcome was a major victory for the Roman Catholic Church, and a blow to gay rights advocates. “This referendum was a pre-emptive strike against the possibility of introducing gay marriage in Croatia,” said Franko Dota, a political analyst and gay rights activist. “This was a referendum to humiliate the gay population, and to strike against the progress of the past decades.” Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic’s center-left government said on Monday that it would move ahead with a proposed bill to afford same-sex couples many of the legal rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including hospital visitation and inheritance rights, though the bill does not include the right to adopt children. Mr. Milanovic said he regretted that the referendum had even been held. “I think it did not make us any better, smarter or prettier,” he said.

It really shows the mean spirited side of the Catholic Church. They pushed the Croatian Government to allow the referendum because they can, and in the process badly damaged the LGBT community in the country.

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Croatia: Vote Today on Marriage Equality Ban

Sunday, December 1st, 2013


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After being forced to place a referendum on the ballot by the Catholic Church, Croatia will vote on a gay marriage ban today.

Gay Star News reports:

Croatian voters have gone to the polls today (01 December) to vote on a referendum which will constitutionally ban same-sex marriage. Catholic-backed conservative groups, including Croatia’s HDZ party, have demanded the country’s constitution be amended to maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. The referendum will ask: ‘Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?’ If the majority of Croatians back a ‘yes’ vote, it will mean a de-facto ban on same sex marriage within the country.

If they say no, will that mean a de-facto acceptance of marriage equality? I’m guessing no. Heads we win, tails you lose.

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USA: Catholic Bishops Unlikely to Live and Let Live Anytime Soon

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Catholic ChurchThere’s no doubting that Pope Francis’s comments about gay people have sent ripples through the Church. After all, when the new CEO says that things should be different, it’s hard not to take notice. The pope’s more relaxed attitude doesn’t have any doctrinal impact, but that hasn’t stopped Catholic conservatives from going into full freak-out mode.

But there are plenty of reasons to believe that, no matter what the pope says, things won’t be changing all that much among the U.S. bishops for quite some time. Here are six signs that the hierarchy is sticking to its guns on LGBT issues.

The new president of the National Catholic Conference of Bishops compares marriage equality to abortion. The Conference elected its new leaders this week, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville was chosen as president for the next three years. Kurtz has compared marriage equality to Roe v. Wade and has chaired the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage. This isn’t someone who is about to let go of his antipathy to all things LGBT in a hurry.

Authored By John Gallagher – See the Full Story at Queerty

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Vatican Sends Out Survey on Birth Control, Abortion, and Marriage Equality

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The VaticanThe Vatican is sending out a survey to all of its Bishops to get local parishes more involved in church decision-making on important issues.

Edge Boston reports:

The poll was sent in mid-October to every national conference of bishops with a request from the Vatican coordinator, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, to “share it immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received.” The survey reflects the pope’s pledges to move away from what he called a “Vatican-centric” approach toward one where local church leaders are more involved in decision-making.

Among the questions are whether gay marriage is recognized in their country and how priests minister to same-sex couples, including how churches can respond when gays seek a religious education or Holy Communion for their children. The poll also asks “how is God’s mercy proclaimed” to separated, divorced and remarried couples. Additional information is sought on the pastoral care of men and women who live together outside of marriage. The survey also asks parishes whether they believe married men and women tend to follow church teaching barring the use of artificial contraception.

I’m kinda liking this new Pope’s style.

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Malta: Civil Unions Bill Fight Heats Up

Monday, October 21st, 2013

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The island nation of Malta has unexpectedly become a battleground in the fight over rights for same-sex couples, as the country is about to consider passage of a civil unions bill.

Bishop Charles Scicluna had no kind words for the proposed law.

The Times of Malta reports:

In a letter to The Sunday Times of Malta, he urges MPs to reflect and engage in a thorough debate before voting out the “traditional concept of conjugality” when deciding on a Civil Unions Bill proposed by the Government. Mgr Scicluna says: “In a nutshell marriage is for the family. It is not simply a socially recognised partnership. The proposed bill intends to put all this behind us in the name of the asserted equality of same sex (homosexual) couples to couples of different sex (heterosexual) couples. “This asserted equality is a no-brainer when we deal with human dignity and the right to freedom from unjust discrimination. It does not stand the test of logic when it comes to the openness to the gift of parenthood.”

Someone needs to send the good bishop a memo – it’s not marriage, it civil unions. It should have been marriage. Here’s the letter.

Another Catholic group is also pushing the Parliament to back off.

Malta today reports:

The Maltese archdiocese’s marriage preparation organisation Cana Movement has echoed a bishops’ letter to its faithful, to call on MPs to consider the effects of gay marriage on children who will be adopted by two same-sex parents. The Labour government is pushing a civil unions bill that will regulate gay marriage or civil union contracts for cohabiting partners.

Meanwhile,Malta is planning on keeping its ban on blood donations by gay men, at the same time is advancing the civil unions bill.

Gay Star News reports:

Malta has reaffirmed it will keep the ban on sexually active gay men giving blood – but the island nation is moving towards same-sex civil unions. The Mediterranean island archipelago is currently debating a form of ‘gay marriage’ – which could be passed within weeks. But that has led to questions about other LGBT issues, including about the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

More out of Malta as the story develops.

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USA: New Poll Confirms US Catholic Support for Marriage Equality

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

titleThe US members of the Catholic Church continue to be more supportive of marriage equality than Americans generally, a new poll finds.

On Top Magazine reports:

Sixty percent of Roman Catholics living in the United States support gay marriage. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday, 68 percent of American Catholics agree with Pope Francis’ recent comments on the church’s obsession with moral issues. Francis said in an interview published last month in the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica that the church had “locked itself up in small things” by obsessing over abortion, contraception and homosexuality.

Maybe the new Pope’s onto something.

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