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USA, New Mexico: No Big Surprise – Catholic Bishops Oppose Marriage Equality

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Catholic ChurchIn a statement released yesterday, New Mexico’s Catholic Bishops continued to oppose marriage equality. KRWG reports:

We, the Catholic bishops of New Mexico, reiterate our previous statement on same-sex marriage: “[the] tradition of marriage between one man and one woman comes to us not only from the Judeo-Christian tradition, but it has been witnessed in cultures throughout the world for many millennia.” We believe this institution of marriage to be “unique and irreplaceable,” for “only does the sexual union of a man and woman bring forth children.”

::: snore ::: In other news, the sun continues to rise from the East.

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Washington, USA: Archbishop’s Statement Proves Marriage Equality Doesn’t Need to Impact Religious Freedom

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Washington Archbishop's Statement Proves Marriage Equality Doesn't Need to Impact Religious FreedomIn the wake of Washington state voters approving the state’s new civil marriage and religious freedom law, which allows same-sex couples to marry, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has summarized archdiocesan policy regarding same-sex marriage.

Appropriately, these prohibitions are based on canon law, which Sartain quotes at length to explain the policy. But then Sartain goes on to cite numerous sections of Washington state civil law (Revised Code of Washington, or RCW) to assure archdiocese employees that civil law supports their right to follow these points of canon law. The RCW was heavily amended by the new marriage law to include the extensive religious freedom assurances that Sartain is taking comfort in.

By citing the religious freedom sections of the RCW as amended by Washington’s new marriage law, Archbishop Sartain is assuring the faithful that such claims are baseless.

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USA: Christian Company Hobby Lobby Issues Statement Emphasizing Non-Discrimination

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Hobby LobbyHobby Lobby International, a company founded on Christian values, has issued a statement published August 5 regarding comments attributed to the owner of Chik-Fil-A regarding the topic of same sex marriage.

“After numerous calls asking for comment, we believe that we need to clarify our position, especially since we are known as a Christian-based company,” stated Debra Love, president of Hobby Lobby International. “Our core values call for respect for each other, our customers and our suppliers and for us to treat others as we would best like to be treated ourselves.”

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USA: Michelle Obama Releases Statement in Support of Marriage Equality

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

In President Obama’s public endorsement of marriage equality, he noted that he arrived at his position partly because he wants to impart the value of equality to his daughters, Sasha and Malia, who have friends with same-sex parents.

In Michelle Obama’s statement on marriage equality today — a response to a question posed on Twitter about the Obama family’s discussions surrounding gay marriage — the First Lady echoes these sentiments:

MICHELLE OBAMA: This is an important issue for millions of Americans, and for Barack and me, it really comes down to the values of fairness and equality we want to pass down to our girls.

Full Story from Think Progress

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NC: White House Issues Statement Denouncing Marriage Equality Ban

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

North Carolina Gay Marriage BanWhite House spokesman Shin Inouye has issued the following response to North Carolina’s proposed anti-gay marriage amendment.

“The President has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples,” Inouye said.

“That’s why he has called for repeal of the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ and determined that his Administration would no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA in the courts. He has also said that the states should determine for themselves how best to uphold the rights of their own citizens.”

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Brad Pitt on Marriage Equality

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Brad Pitt to People Magazine: “It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens. But it is each American’s Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.”

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Argentina: President Fernandez Talks About Marriage Equality Vote

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I’m still basking in the glow of Thursday’s marriage equality victory in Argentina. The icing on the cake for me was to hear President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner strongly and directly describe the history of civil marriage in Argentina, and repudiate the dangerous crusade-like language so often employed when the civil rights of LGBT people are up for a vote. Considering the shameless kowtowing to radical-right religious conservatism by many politicians in the USA, I thought this video worthy of its own post. As my teachers used to say, “Class, compare and contrast!”.

Thanks to Andrés over at Blabbeando for translating & transcribing the video:

“To begin with, I am a bit surprised about the tone, the tenor, and the content the dialogue has taken. The truth is that it’s worrisome to listen to expressions such as ‘God’s Battle’, ‘The Work of the Devil’, things which actually bring us back to the times of the Inquisition, to Medieval times, it seems to me. Particularly coming from those who should promote peace, tolerance, diversity and dialogue. Or at least that’s what they’ve always said in their statements. And all of a sudden [we have] this aggressive language, this dismissive language invoking ‘natural law’ arguments…

…and to bring it back to our own history, when the civil code was approved, Velez Sarsfield takes – just as he took from the Roman and French civil codes in his notes about different laws – he takes ‘marriage’ from Canon law. That’s why they could only get married through the church! There was no possibility, in Argentina, for people to get married in a civil registry.”

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