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  • Pope Francis: Church could support civil unions

    03/05/2014 2:19:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/05/2014 | By Daniel Burke
    Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday, but suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions. The Pope reiterated the church's longstanding teaching that "marriage is between a man and a woman." However, he said, "We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety." States, for instance, justify civil unions as a way to provide economic security to cohabitating couples, the Pope said in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday in Corriere della Sera, an Italian daily. State-sanctioned unions are thus driven by the need to...
  • Study: Some Evangelicals in 'Messy Middle' on Homosexuality, Civil Unions

    08/16/2013 7:48:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/16/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    A significant number of evangelicals believe both that homosexuality is a sin and civil unions for same-sex couples should be legal, according to research recently presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting. These evangelicals find themselves in the "messy middle," Baylor University researchers Dr. Lydia Bean and Brandon Martinez argue, due to competing notions about how to engage with homosexuals: both wanting to show love and compassion for their gay neighbors, and wanting to remain loyal to the teachings of their faith. Those in the "messy middle," they find, are more similar to conservative than liberal evangelicals. Evangelicals sustain...
  • Chaplain quits So. Baptists over same-sex rite

    07/28/2012 6:28:26 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 54 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/28/12 | David Crary (AP)
    NEW YORK — A long-serving Air Force chaplain has left the Southern Baptist Convention after the conservative denomination publicly questioned his attendance at a same-sex civil union ceremony at his base in New Jersey. The chaplain, Col. Timothy Wagoner, is remaining on active duty and has affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, which holds more moderate views on homosexuality and some other issues than the Southern Baptists. "I find very little that is more important and nothing that is more exhilarating than providing for the religious freedoms and spiritual care of all service members and their families — and will...
  • 1st same-sex civil union performed in Delaware

    01/03/2012 1:52:34 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | January 2, 2012
    More than 400 people, including a U.S. senator, witnessed the first same-sex civil union in Delaware on New Year's Day. Lawyers Lisa Goodman and Drewry Fennell were joined in the union by the Rev. Patricia Downing, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington, where the Sunday afternoon ceremony took place. Goodman and Fennell have been partners for 14 years. Goodman is a lawyer who led the advocacy group Equality Delaware's fight for the civil union law. Fennell heads the state Criminal Justice Council and formerly led the ACLU's Delaware chapter. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., delivered the sermon and Lt....
  • Same-Sex Surrogacy Mess (Lesbian Custody Case Shines Light on Donor Insemination)

    02/17/2009 1:45:22 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 832+ views
    NCR ^ | February 17, 2009 | GAIL BESSE
    RUTLAND, Vt. — First-grader Isabella doesn’t yet understand all the big decisions that judges here in Vermont and Virginia have made about her life.But her mother, Lisa Miller, knows how profoundly those court orders will affect her 6-year-old. Miller’s attorneys even petitioned this landmark custody case she’s fighting with her former lesbian partner to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the court declined to hear it.Isabella has been the subject of a five-year battle that has pitted conflicting state marriage statutes and drawn competing claims from federal laws.“It’s rather like the two women claiming one baby before Solomon. One is the...
  • Where the Boys Are

    06/18/2008 11:58:57 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 9 replies · 128+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 18, 2008 | Emily Ham
    Where the Boys Are by: Emily Ham, June 18, 2008 After the state Supreme Court’s June 5 decision to discard the requests of attorneys general from some ten states to stay the May 15 ruling allowing gay marriage within the state, thousands of homosexual couples are expected to tie the knot in California as soon as the new legislation takes effect. But many people are seeing confusion in the horizon as questions are beginning to arise about how long the state’s new court ruling will be in place.This uncertainty began with the June 2 ruling in which the California Supreme...
  • How to Commit Marriage

    05/13/2008 10:35:21 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 61 replies · 91+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 13, 2008 | Malcolm Kline
    How to Commit Marriage by: Malcolm A. Kline, May 13, 2008 A couple of professors from the University of Chicago think they have found a way out of what they see as a national impasse over state marriage laws. “To respect the liberty of religious groups while protecting individual freedom in general, we propose that marriage, as such, should be completely privatized,” Richard A. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein write in Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness. “Under our proposal, the word marriage would no longer appear in any laws, and marriage licenses would no longer be offered...
  • U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony

    09/22/2007 8:35:41 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 31 replies · 578+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 19, 2007 | John Jalsevac
    U.S. Christian Camp Loses Tax-Exempt Status over Same-Sex Civil-Union Ceremony By John Jalsevac OCEAN GROVE, N.J., September 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on Monday that it was stripping the Methodist Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association of its tax-exempt status for part of its property. The Methodist camp made the news earlier this year after it refused, for religious reasons, to allow a lesbian couple to hold a "civil-union" ceremony at a pavilion on the camp's property. The pavilion, said Scott Hoffman, the camp's chief administrative officer to LifeSiteNews, "is a facility we...
  • Prominent UK Tory Politician Says Support for Civil Unions "Insults Intelligence" of British

    09/09/2007 8:10:45 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 1 replies · 248+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | September 5, 2007
    Prominent UK Tory Politician Says Support for Civil Unions "Insults Intelligence" of British Critical of Tory leader Cameron's attempt to shift party to left and re-brand it as "heirs to Blair" LONDON,  September 5, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - One of the most senior MP's in the UK's Tory party, Michael Ancram, Member of Parliament for Devizes, has criticized the government's policy of treating homosexual partnerings as the equivalent to marriage. In a pamphlet published by the Daily Telegraph, Ancram calls on the party to remember its "conservative soul." With the possibility of a snap general election still being discussed, the Conservatives...
  • Malawi Officials to Challenge Appointment of Pro-Gay British High Commissioner

    08/28/2007 7:02:11 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 182+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 28, 2007 | Meg Jalsevac
    Malawi Officials to Challenge Appointment of Pro-Gay British High Commissioner Say pro-gay history "dangerous" to Malawi, where homosexuality still considered felony By Meg Jalsevac Malawi, August 28, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The appointment of the next British High Commissioner to Malawi has provoked government officials of the African nation to speak out against his suitability for the job in the conservative nation considering his record as a proponent of gay rights in his previous position in the Scottish Government.  Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell was tapped to assume the position beginning in 2011 but opposition to his appointment is already...
  • Methodists Sue New Jersey over Attempt to Force Gay “Marriage” at Church Owned Camp

    08/23/2007 11:19:49 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 459+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 21, 2007 | Hilary White
    Methodists Sue New Jersey over Attempt to Force Gay “Marriage” at Church Owned Camp By Hilary White TRENTON, August 21, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In another case of a clash between Christian traditional values and the new secular sexual morality, the United Methodist Church group that owns a private campground retreat are suing the New Jersey government, saying its rights of religious freedom are being violated. The state is investigating a discrimination charge brought against the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association by a pair of lesbians who wanted to use the private retreat campground for a “civil union” ceremony. The federal...
  • Lesbian Couple Files Complaint against Church for Refusing Civil Union Ceremony

    07/10/2007 8:27:34 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 29 replies · 1,361+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | July 10, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    OCEAN GROVE, New Jersey (LifeSiteNews.com) - A New Jersey lesbian couple has filed a civil rights complaint against a Christian seaside retreat association that refused to facilitate their "civil union."Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster filed the complaint June 19 with the state attorney general's office on the grounds of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation after the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association declined the use of their Boardwalk Pavilion for their civil union ceremony, planned for September. Bernstein and Paster demanded "whatever relief is provided by law" including unspecified "compensatory damages for economic loss, humiliation, [and] mental pain." New...
  • Mexican state near Texas passes gay union law

    01/14/2007 1:17:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 19 replies · 725+ views
    The northern state of Coahuila, a mining and ranching region south of Texas, approved gay civil union Thursday, becoming the second area in Mexico to give legal status to homosexual partnerships. Legislators in the state Congress voted 20-13 for a bill that gives gays greater rights than a similar law backed by Mexico City last November. “It is more like a civil marriage,” said Silvia Solis, a gay rights activist in the capital. She said Coahuila would grant social security benefits to both members of a homosexual union, an important demand of gay campaigners. The law was promoted by Coahuila's...
  • Nation's First Same-Sex Civil Union Ends

    08/24/2006 7:52:35 AM PDT · by workerbee · 64 replies · 1,747+ views
    FOXNews ^ | 8/24/06 | AP
    BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A lesbian couple who entered into the nation's first same-sex civil union officially split up Wednesday. Carolyn Conrad and Kathleen Peterson, both of Brattleboro, had entered a civil union shortly after midnight on July 1, 2000, the day Vermont's first-in-the-nation law went into effect. Conrad, 35, filed to end the union in October and later obtained a restraining order against her partner, saying Peterson punched a hole in the wall during an argument and threatened to harm a friend. A judge granted the request for a dissolution Wednesday. "It's a heartbreaking situation for any couple," Conrad told...
  • Lesbian army couple ties the knot

    02/01/2006 8:53:53 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 42 replies · 1,544+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 2 February 2006
    A LESBIAN couple has become the first in the British army to tie the knot under the country's new civil partnership laws. Sonya Gould, 19, and Vanessa Haydock, 18, both privates in the Royal Logistics Corps, exchanged vows before friends and family at the register office in Chippenham, Wiltshire in the west of England, The Sun newspaper reported today. "It was wonderful to get married and being the first was the icing on the cake. We want to be together forever," said Haydock, pictured in The Sun kissing Gould in uniform – albeit not smack on the lips. While they...
  • Gay rights activists to target GOP speaker

    10/17/2005 4:43:30 PM PDT · by Hadean · 20 replies · 533+ views
    The World Link.com ^ | Oct 17, 2005
    TROUTDALE (AP) - This quiet, tourism-oriented town east of Portland could become a battleground as gay rights activists prepare a campaign to topple a Republican legislative leader who thwarted a move to allow civil unions for same-sex couples. Troutdale is in the heart of the district represented by GOP House Speaker Karen Minnis, who enraged gay rights backers this summer by refusing to let the House vote on a civil unions bill that had been passed by the state Senate with the blessing of the Democratic governor. State and national gay rights groups are targeting Minnis for defeat in 2006...
  • Homosexual Civil Union, Divorce and the Fate of a 3 Year Old

    09/20/2005 8:34:16 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 15 replies · 867+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 9/20/2005 | Les Kinsolving
    Homosexual civil-union, divorce and a 3-year-old LES KINSOLVING 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com Those members of the Vermont state Legislature who voted to approve same-sex civil unions are now faced with a consequence that should merit every one of them being voted into retirement. The New York Times devoted half a page to reporting from Vermont's state capital of Montpelier: Judges in Vermont and Virginia have different ideas about what is best for Isabella Miller-Jenkins, 3, born to a woman who had a civil union with another woman in Vermont. The relationship ended two years ago. Now each woman...
  • Britain to allow gay civil unions

    02/22/2005 12:03:05 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 340+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 22, 2005
    From combined dispatches LONDON -- Same-sex partners in Britain will be able to enter into civil unions beginning in December, joining homosexuals in parts of Europe and the United States in obtaining many of the rights enjoyed by married couples, the government said yesterday. The Civil Partnerships Bill passed by Parliament last year gives same-sex couples the right to form legally binding partnerships and entitles them to some of the same tax and pension rights that married couples have. Starting Dec. 5, couples will be able to notify the register office at their local council that they intend to form...
  • THE BATTLE OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE S.F. can't challenge 'mental disorder' argument

    12/28/2004 8:26:33 PM PST · by IllumiNaughtyByNature · 1 replies · 349+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/28/04 | Bob Egelko
    The judge who will decide the constitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage has refused to let San Francisco submit expert studies to counter their opponents' authorities, who contend that children need opposite- sex parents and that homosexuals can be cured. snip...
  • Calif. Gay Couples Now Have Registry Option

    11/28/2004 9:21:50 AM PST · by Rockitz · 55 replies · 2,731+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | November 28, 2004 | Fox News
    LOS ANGELES — A new state law in California allows gay and lesbian couples nearly all the same rights and benefits of married spouses if they choose to sign up with a state domestic partner registry. For thousands of same-sex couples in the state, that means legal recognitions they have long dreamed about having. California Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, author of the Domestic Partnership and Responsibilities Act (search), calls the measure historic. It grants same-sex couples everything from insurance benefits to adoption rights, but also adds responsibilities like their partner's debt.