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Croatians vote to protect marriage from redefinition

Dec 2, 2013 - 02:06 pm .- Croatian voters have approved an amendment to their country’s constitution that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Archbishop rejects use of Pope's words to justify Illinois 'gay marriage'

Nov 21, 2013 - 03:04 pm .- As same-sex “marriage” becomes law in Illinois, the U.S. bishops’ head of marriage defense issues has lamented the “disgraceful” misuse of Pope Francis’ words to justify the institution’s redefinition.

Bishops voice support for marriage, religious freedom bill

Sep 23, 2013 - 05:24 pm .- American bishops have praised a recent bill in the House of Representatives that would protect those who share the Church’s understanding of marriage from penalties by the federal government.

Critics say Joseph Bottum's marriage essay could confuse Catholics

Aug 29, 2013 - 12:05 am .- Critics of a recent essay rejecting continued political opposition to “gay marriage” warn that the author risks confusing Catholics and helps empower a false vision of the fundamental institution of marriage.

Joseph Bottum claims fidelity to Church stance on marriage

Aug 27, 2013 - 05:48 pm .- Author Joseph Bottum says that while parts of his controversial article on Catholic responses to “gay marriage” may have been unclear, he did not intend to suggest a divergence from Church teaching.

Gay couple to sue Church of England for marriage rights

Aug 3, 2013 - 06:03 am .- Following legislation that permits same-sex marriage in the U.K. yet prohibits the Church of England from performing the ceremony, a gay couple are planning to sue to be able to marry in their church.

Illinois cardinal defends marriage, decision to defund campaign

Aug 1, 2013 - 02:18 pm .- Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, Ill., is defending his decision to cease funding of an immigration organization after it declared support and encouragement for same-sex “marriage.”

Penn. attorney general refuses to defend state marriage law

Jul 13, 2013 - 08:10 am .- The attorney general of Pennsylvania has said she will not defend a state law defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman in court because she does not agree with it.

DOMA decision cited to block Michigan law

Jul 6, 2013 - 01:08 pm .- A federal judge has blocked a Michigan law barring domestic partner benefits for public school and local government employees, citing the Supreme Court ruling that struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Panelists predict widespread impact of marriage rulings

Jul 3, 2013 - 05:13 pm .- Although the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on marriage were narrowly constructed, legal experts said, they will likely have far-reaching consequences for society.

Ignoring human nature harms marriage, says cardinal

Jul 1, 2013 - 03:42 pm .- After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, an Italian cardinal said that recognizing gay unions as “marriages” ignores nature and may yield effects that cannot be entirely anticipated.

State lacks authority to redefine marriage, says bishop

Jun 7, 2013 - 05:06 pm .- Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., explained that marriage is rooted in nature and exists prior to the state, which has the authority to recognize, but not redefine, the fundamental social institution.

Advocate says fight to defend marriage in Illinois continues

Jun 5, 2013 - 12:02 am .- An Illinois Catholic leader says that the state's failure to advance a “gay marriage” bill is a significant victory for grassroots activism, but more action is needed to ensure it never passes.

Columnist examines pitfalls of arguing against 'gay marriage'

May 30, 2013 - 11:19 am .- In a new column on Catholic Womanhood, writer Jennifer Uebbing explains that a common problem in arguing against a redefinition of marriage is implicitly accepting the idea that such as redefinition is possible.

Minn. redefines marriage despite religious freedom warnings

May 14, 2013 - 05:04 pm .- The state of Minnesota has redefined marriage to include same-sex couples despite concerns over social wellbeing and religious liberty raised by Catholics and other faith leaders. 

Law must be based in truth, archbishop tells judges

Apr 26, 2013 - 12:04 am .- Discussing the push for same-sex “marriage,” Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami told judges and lawyers at the city's 2013 Red Mass that freedom and law must be based on reality and objective truth.

Colombian Senate rejects 'gay marriage'

Apr 25, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- By a vote of 51-17, the Colombian Senate has rejected a bill that would legalize same-sex “marriage” in the country.

Nearly 15,000 French mayors will refuse to marry gay couples

Apr 19, 2013 - 04:12 pm .- A group of at least 14,900 French mayors has said it will not perform “gay marriages,” even if the government moves ahead with plans to legalize the practice.

Bishop laments 'gay marriage' approval in New Zealand

Apr 18, 2013 - 04:15 pm .- Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, president of the Bishops’ Conference of New Zealand, has expressed profound sadness over the authorization of ‘gay marriage’ by the country’s Parliament on April 17.

Thousands flood DC to stand up for marriage

Mar 27, 2013 - 06:04 pm .- Citing concerns for the well-being of children and respect for the democratic process, participants in the national March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., stressed the importance of marriage for society.

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