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Proposition 8 still applies in California, backers say

Jul 16, 2013 - 02:09 am .- Proposition 8 backers have filed a legal brief saying that the ballot measure defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman still has legal force in California, alleging that state officials incorrectly acted in response to the recent Supreme Court decision on it.

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.

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.

US bishops: court ruling cannot change essence of marriage

Jun 28, 2013 - 12:08 am .- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, the bishops of the U.S. are calling on the faithful to work to strengthen marriage and witness to its true meaning.

Marriage ruling raises questions of religious freedom

Jun 27, 2013 - 05:03 pm .- After the Supreme Court narrowly ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, religious leaders are highlighting the need to respect religious liberty in the United States.

'Gay marriage' is not inevitable, analysts say

Jun 26, 2013 - 05:50 pm .- Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on “gay marriage,” experts in law and sociology said they do not believe the national discussion on the matter is over.  

Family advocates say marriage ruling ignores children

Jun 26, 2013 - 03:08 pm .- As the Supreme Court handed down its historic rulings on “gay marriage,” an array of family advocates are warning that the decisions could have long-lasting negative impacts on families and society.

Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, dismisses Prop 8

Jun 26, 2013 - 09:39 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and the federal government must recognize “gay marriages” accepted by individual states.

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. 

Second Fortnight for Freedom to highlight marriage, mandate

May 14, 2013 - 04:10 am .- The U.S. bishops' conference has announced a second Fortnight for Freedom, scheduled for the two weeks leading up to Interdependence Day, to raise awareness and support for the right to religious liberty.

Bishop calls for courage as 'gay marriage' passes in RI

May 2, 2013 - 03:56 pm .- Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence lamented Rhode Island’s new law recognizing “gay marriage,” using his pastoral letter to call on Catholics to have courage in the face of negative cultural change.

Diocese affirms need for Catholic fidelity after teacher fired

Apr 26, 2013 - 05:20 pm .- Following controversy over the firing of a Catholic school gym teacher who was in a homosexual relationship, the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio has said that educators must respect Catholic teaching and morals.  

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.

Debate, protests mark legalization of gay marriage in France

Apr 23, 2013 - 12:41 pm .- After months of debate and massive protests, the National Assembly in France passed President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” bill in to law on April 23.

Florist faces second lawsuit over gay wedding refusal

Apr 23, 2013 - 02:04 am .- A florist in Washington is being sued for a second time after choosing not to provide flower arrangements for a gay customer's upcoming wedding.

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.

French couple claims police violence at marriage march

Apr 4, 2013 - 03:59 pm .- A couple in France is reporting acts of violence by police officers against participants in a recent march to defend marriage against redefinition by the French government.

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