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Marriage Equality Passes In Maryland, Maine, Leads In Washington, Not Banned In Minnesota

via Joel Connelly, San Francisco Chronicle Statewide ballot measures to legalize same-sex marriage took the lead in Washington and passed in Maryland and Maine on Tuesday, as proponents of marriage equality broke a string of 32 consecutive losses in statewide votes on the contentious social issue. Referendum 74 in this state was leading 51.8 percent … Continue reading

Human Rights Campaign Report: Catholic Church Gives More Than $1 Million To Fight Marriage Equality

via Lila Shapiro, The Huffington Post Continuing its efforts to fight same-sex marriage in four ballot measures around the United States, the Catholic Church is now the top donor to the cause among religious institutions, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign. This fall in Washington, Maryland and Maine, voters will decide … Continue reading

Scotland Could Become First Part Of UK To Legalize Marriage Equality

via Reuters Scotland’s devolved government said on Wednesday it would legalize same-sex marriage after British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to push through legislation to enshrine it in law in England despite church and some political opposition. “We are committed to a Scotland that is fair and equal and that is why we intend to … Continue reading

Brazil: Catholic Church Excommunicates Mother Of 9 Year-Old Rape Victim For Approving Abortion

via Guy Adams, The Independent Declaring that “life must always be protected”, a senior Vatican cleric has defended the Catholic Church’s decision to excommunicate the mother and doctors of a nine-year-old rape victim who had a life-saving abortion in Brazil. Cardinal Giovanni Batista Re, who heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, told reporters that … Continue reading

Franciscan University Drops Entire Student Health Insurance Plan Over Birth Control Mandate

via Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post Franciscan University of Steubenville, a Catholic institution in Ohio, has decided to drop its entire student health insurance plan as of the fall semester 2012 because of the new federal rule requiring contraception coverage under most employee and student health policies. While a number of religious colleges have filed … Continue reading

Catholic Bishops v. Girl Scouts Of America

via Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times The Little Rascals had the “He-Man Woman Haters Club.” We’ve got The Catholic Church. Just a few weeks after the Vatican started looking into the activities of the umbrella group representing some 57,000 American nuns, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) showed it had smaller fish to fry: … Continue reading

Obama Has It Right On Birth Control

via Rachel Marsden, Chicago Tribune Rachel Marsden is a columnist, political strategist and former Fox News host. I can’t believe that I actually agree with something President Barack Obama has done. Granted, I’m one of those conservatives who has never subscribed to the full-meal-deal checklist, preferring to critically consider whether each of my positions is … Continue reading

Illinois’ Governor Quinn Says He Will Work To Help “Build A Majority” For Same Sex Marriage

via Rich Miller, Capitol Fax Up until yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn has been hedging on whether he’d support a gay marriage bill. From the AP… Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn’t know if he would support legislation that would give same sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. The Democrat supported same sex … Continue reading

Contraceptives And Religious Freedom: A Way Forward

via Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune Noah Millman of the American Conservative asks us to perform a thought experiment: Pretend it’s not the Catholic Church at the center of the current controversy over the rights of religious institutions to exercise moral judgments regarding their employees’ health care plans. Instead, Millman suggests in a recent commentary, pretend … Continue reading

Church To Chicago: New Gay Pride Parade Route Will Block Access To Sunday Masses

via The AP, WBEZ Leaders of one of Chicago’s oldest Roman Catholic churches are objecting to a newly-proposed route for the city’s annual gay pride parade, saying the event will draw large crowds outside the church entrance and block access to Sunday Masses. The parade that has run through parts of Chicago’s North Side for … Continue reading

‘Til 2013 Do Us Part? Mexico Mulls 2-Year Marriage

via Reuters and MSNBC Mexico City lawmakers want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licenses. Leftists in the city’s assembly — who have already riled conservatives by legalizing gay marriage — proposed a reform to the civil code this week that would allow couples … Continue reading

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