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Swiss campaigners secure same-sex marriage referendum

More than 61,000 signatures were collected in favor of giving Switzerland’s 8.5 million population a final say on the law. Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon.

Portland archbishop thanks pope for Vatican 'no' to same-sex blessings

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon on Tuesday thanked Pope Francis for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the... Read more

Cardinal Peter Turkson.

Cardinals uphold Vatican statement on same-sex unions

Two cardinals on Thursday upheld the Vatican’s recent statement that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions.  Read more

After Vatican says same-sex unions cannot be blessed, White House reaffirms Biden’s support for them

While the White House on Monday would not respond to the Vatican’s statement on marriage, press secretary Jen Psaki said... Read more

Vatican’s doctrinal office: Catholic Church cannot give blessings to same-sex unions

The Vatican’s doctrinal office on Monday clarified that the Catholic Church does not have the power to give liturgical blessings... Read more

U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court judges say Obergefell a 'problem' for religious liberty

Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito on Monday said that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling is already posing problems for... Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Christian wedding planner challenges anti-discrimination law

An Evangelical Christian minister who runs a wedding business is challenging a county ordinance she says would require her to officiate... Read more

Sant'Oreste, Lazio, Italy.

Italian priest performs same-sex civil union ceremony

A priest has resigned as a parish pastor after he performed a same-sex civil union ceremony in the town hall... Read more

Italy's Catholic bishops say proposed 'homophobia law' creates ‘crime of opinion’

Italian bishops have raised concerns over proposed legislation against "homophobia" in Italy, claiming changes to the law are unnecessary and have... Read more

Pope Francis with Justin Welby, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, in Vatican City, Oct. 27, 2017.

Church of England maintains sex guidance, despite apologizing for it

The Church of England will not be withdrawing its recent pastoral guidance affirming that sex is reserved for married, heterosexual... Read more

Lambeth Palace, London, residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Church of England affirms sex is only for heterosexual marriage

Sex is reserved for married heterosexual couples, new pastoral guidance from the Church of England has affirmed. The new guidance... Read more

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Californian families talk progressive but look traditional, study finds

A new study says that while most Californians support the redefinition of marriage and the family, they choose intact marriages... Read more

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, home of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Northern Ireland

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Northern Ireland, after a deadline set by the UK Parliament Westminster in July 2019... Read more

Supreme Court of the Philippines rejects petition to legalize same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has reiterated its dismissal of a petition to redefine marriage in the country to... Read more

Former Labour MP and Liberal Democrat candidate Robert Flello.

Catholic politician kicked out of UK party over religious beliefs

Rob Flello was removed as a Liberal Democrat candidate for Parliament over his views on same-sex marriage and abortion.  Read more

Archbishop Charles Thompson of Indianapolis, who was appointed June 13, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Archdiocese faces third discrimination complaint over same-sex marriage policy

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Wednesday defended its decision not to renew the contract of a school employee who publicly... Read more

Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.

Hong Kong court says redefining marriage is beyond its authority

A court in Hong Kong has ruled against the recognition of same-sex partnerships, upholding the government’s policy of not recognizing... Read more

Chad and Melissa Buck. Image via Becket Fund.

Children before politics say parents as Catholic adoption agency heads to court

Parents of five adoptive children were present in court on Thursday in support of a Catholic adoption agency in Michigan... Read more

What the Philadelphia foster care case could mean for the Supreme Court

When the U.S. Supreme Court mandated legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the majority... Read more