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  • Mass rally against gay civil unions in Italy capital

    01/30/2016 1:50:14 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 3 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 01/30/2016 | Ella Ide and Olivier Baube
    Rome (AFP) - Tens of thousands of people gathered in Rome's Circus Maximus arena Saturday to protest against a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. But while organisers had been hoping to attract one million people and authorities had prepared for 500,000, journalists at the scene estimated the numbers to be in the tens of thousands. Official numbers were not immediately available. "Without limits, our society will go mad!" organiser Massimo Gandolfini told the "Family Day" rally, as grandparents, parents and children held up banners reading "Wrong is wrong" in the...
  • Mass rally against gay civil unions in Rome [Italy]

    01/30/2016 12:03:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 30 Jan 2016 09:14 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to protest in Rome's Circus Maximus arena Saturday against a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. "As many people as possible must take part. Remember; this is the only weapon we have!" organizer Massimo Gandolfini said ahead of the "Family Day" rally, which begins in the capital's ancient Roman chariot racing stadium at 1100 GMT. Gandolfini said he expected to fill the arena, which can take 350,000 people without counting the surrounding streets, while authorities in Rome said they were preparing for up to...
  • Ten key moments in the history of marriage [shows history of gov't licensing]

    06/29/2015 3:57:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/14/12 | Lauren Everitt
    6. State control The Clandestine Marriage Act of 1753, popularly known as Lord Hardwicke's Act, marked the beginning of state involvement in marriage, says sociologist Carol Smart of the University of Manchester. "You've got these parallel strands going on of the secular and the religious sides, and that clearly hasn't gone away," Smart adds. The act required couples to get married in a church or chapel by a minister, otherwise the union was void. Couples also had to issue a formal marriage announcement, called banns, or obtain a licence. Most prospective newlyweds were already following these directives, which were enshrined...
  • Rome Celebrates First Gay Civil Unions

    05/23/2015 7:31:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    ANSA ^ | 5/21/15
    Twenty couples seal their commitment at City Hall(ANSA) - Rome, May 21 - Rome's brand-new civil unions registry kicked off Thursday as 20 couples - 14 of them gay and six straight - sealed their commitment to one another at City Hall. Actors Michela Andreozzi and Massimiliano Vado were first in line to celebrate their civil union on what center-left Mayor Ignazio Marino has called Celebration Day. Another couple tying the knot are Paola and Stella, both volunteers at Rome's Gay Center who have been together for 31 years. "Today a just, serene, peaceful and egalitarian Italy takes center stage,"...
  • Dr. Ben Carson: ‘I Support Civil Unions for Gay Couples’

    03/06/2015 9:59:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 5, 2015 - 2:25 PM | Melanie Hunter
    In a Facebook post following his interview with CNN’s “New Day,” Dr. Ben Carson issued a statement, apologizing for saying people who change their sexual orientation after going to jail shows that “being gay is a choice.” […] “I support human rights and Constitutional protections for gay people, and I have done so for many years. I support civil unions for gay couples, and I have done so for many years. I support the right of individual states to sanction gay marriage, and I support the right of individual states to deny gay marriage in their respective jurisdictions,” Carson said....
  • Separate But ... Equal? Or: Civil Unions vs. Gay Marriage

    05/28/2014 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | May 28, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    So there I was, reading a guest article in our newspaper here in Arkansas and nodding not just in agreement but admiration. And why not? For the guest writer was going right down the list of points I'd made over the years in favor of civil unions as an alternative to homosexual marriage. Well put, I thought. Right on, amen, hallelujah and selah! Few things are as pleasing as seeing one's own opinions repeated by others; they seem even more convincing when their glory is reflected in another's words. Attaway, brother! Ye-e-es! Such is human vanity, or at least that...
  • Pope to stop condemning same-sex civil partnerships

    03/10/2014 12:29:14 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 106 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | March 10, 2014 | Hannah Roberts
    Pope Francis has suggested that the Vatican could support gay civil unions in the future, according to one of the church’s most senior cardinals. Cardinal Dolan told American television that Francis wants church leaders to 'look into it and see the reasons that have driven them.' 'It wasn't as if he came out and approved them,' Dolan told NBC on Sunday. 'He said, “Rather than quickly condemn them, let's just ask the questions as to why that has appealed to certain people.” In an interview to mark his first year in the church’s top job, Pope Francis last week reaffirmed...
  • Pope Francis is not considering homosexual civil unions

    03/07/2014 8:15:43 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 9 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 7, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Many publications, such as The Huffington Post, have falsely asserted that Pope Francis indicated he is open to homosexual civil unions. Elizabeth Dias correctly notes this is false. She writes, "First, it is important to be clear about what Pope Francis did and did not just say. He did not affirm gay marriage. He did not announce Holy See support for civil unions. He reiterated, yet again, the traditional and non-changing Catholic teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman..." Read her full Blog post for Time here. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in its...
  • Pope Francis could support civil unions

    03/05/2014 9:41:00 AM PST · by tomsbartoo · 122 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/5/2014 | Daniel Burke
    Pope Francis has said that he could support civil unions between members of the same sex; but could not support same-sex marriage.
  • ... and, Should Catholic Clergy Cease Signing Civil “Marriage” Licenses? (ecumenical)

    06/30/2011 7:35:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/30/11 | Msgr Charles Pope
    I have proposed before on this blog that we may be coming to a point where we should consider dropping our use of the word marriage. It  is a simple fact that word “marriage” as we have traditionally known it is being redefined in our times. To many in the secular world the word no longer means what it once did and when the Church uses the word marriage we clearly do not mean what the New York Legislature or an increasing number of states mean.The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines Marriage in the following way: The matrimonial covenant,...
  • Exxon to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Couples in US

    09/27/2013 3:46:52 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 27, 2013 | JONATHAN FAHEY
    Exxon Mobil Corp. said Friday that it will begin offering benefits to legally married same-sex couples in the U.S. for the first time starting next week. The company says it will recognize "all legal marriages" when it determines eligibility for health care plans for the company's 77,000 employees and retirees in the U.S. That means if a gay employee has been married in a state or country where gay marriage is legal, his or her spouse will be eligible for benefits with Exxon in the U.S. as of Oct. 1. Exxon, which is facing a same-sex discrimination complaint in Illinois,...
  • Cardinal Backs Civil Unions

    06/04/2013 6:38:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Two of the most senior Belgian clerics have voiced support for civil unions, but said the Church would not see such a partnership as a marriage, which they said was only between a man and a woman. Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, Archbishop of Brussels, made his comments through his spokesman in response to an interview by the Belgian newspaper De Tijd with his successor, Cardinal Godfried Danneels.
  • Tim Kelly: Minnesota- My 'civil unions' bill takes government out of marriage

    04/27/2013 9:03:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-26-13 | tim kelly
    Two years ago, I was one of two legislative Republicans to stand up and speak out against the marriage amendment, which sought to constitutionally define marriage as between one man and one woman. My reasoning was simple: I do not believe government should dictate with whom an adult should live and love, nor is it government's duty to define what marriage means to an individual. Gay rights supporters lauded my stand. They blasted the Legislature -- rightfully so -- for wasting time on an issue that ordered government to define and accept a religious activity. Now with the "freedom to...
  • Colorado Accepts Same-Sex Civil Unions

    03/22/2013 7:21:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 22, 2013 | William Bigelow
    The Colorado government, now completely run by Democrats, has done an about-face regarding civil unions for gay couples. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill allowing same-sex civil unions roughly a year ago after the same idea went down to defeat in what was then a Republican-led House. But last November Democrats won the House, having control of the Senate already, and the new alignment allowed the bill to be passed. It will go into effect May 1. Most of the Republicans in the state government held fast against the measure because they wanted religious exemptions granted to those who...
  • Bergoglio didn’t suggest endorsing homosexual civil unions in 2010, says confidant of new pope

    03/21/2013 2:38:36 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies ^ | Mar 21, 2013 | Matthew Hoffman
    Miguel Woites, a confidant of Pope Francis while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, is denying a widely publicized claim that the then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio suggested the endorsement of gay civil unions as an alternative to "homosexual marriage" during a private meeting with fellow bishops in 2010. In an interview granted to the Catholic news agency ACI Prensa, Woites said that the story "isn't true. It's a complete error."
  • Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage

    02/26/2013 6:49:01 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 53 replies
    New Yawk Slimes ^ | February 25, 2013 | By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    WASHINGTON — Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.
  • All of the BS About Gay Marriage earned me a big ol' ZOT!

    09/08/2012 9:03:55 AM PDT · by Why So Serious · 252 replies
    Here is a better way to look at this ... the government should not be in the marriage business, and marriage is not a political issue. Gay people, for the most part, express a desire to get married for the benefits that are extended to married couple [rights like Social Security benefits, child care tax credits, Family and Medical Leave to take care of loved ones, and COBRA healthcare for spouses and children]. Government should allow people to engage in civil unions [this includes men and women], only. Marriage should be left to the churches. Then, any one can have...
  • Three-person civil union sparks controversy in Brazil

    08/28/2012 3:32:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/28/2012
    A notary in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo has sparked controversy by accepting a civil union between three people. Public Notary Claudia do Nascimento Domingues has said the man and two women should be entitled to family rights. She says there is nothing in law to prevent such an arrangement. But the move has angered some religious groups, while one lawyer described it as "absurd and totally illegal". The three individuals, who have declined to speak to the press, have lived in Rio de Janeiro together for three years and share bills and other expenses. Ms Domingues says they...
  • The Soul-Crushing Scorched-Earth Battle for Gay Marriage

    08/11/2012 4:16:39 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Aug 11 2012 | Robert Oscar Lopez
    How much is victory worth? And after you win, if you win, what do you have to show for it? As these principles go with warfare, so they go with propaganda. The Greek word polemos, "war," led not to the English word "war," but rather to the English word "polemics." The gay movement is not a random assortment of motley rebels. It is highly organized, with major nerve centers in places like the Human Rights Coalition. The movement has its prominent generals, such as Dan Savage and Wayne Besen. In other words, this is a movement equipped to pick its...
  • With These Words (Gay-marriage court ruling is a hit at straight weddings.)

    08/04/2012 7:06:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jul 27, 2012 | Sasha Issenberg
    Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family … Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.” The words above come from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ­decision that made the state the first to authorize gay marriage. They are also part of a longer passage read last month at the Newport,...
  • Colorado Rejects Same-Sex Civil Unions

    05/15/2012 11:39:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/15/2012 | By DAN FROSCH
    DENVER — A bill that would have allowed civil unions for same-sex couples in Colorado was defeated on Monday night during a special legislative session called by Gov. John W. Hickenlooper to debate the issue. The legislation was voted down by Republican lawmakers on a 5-to-4 vote along party lines after more than two hours of emotional testimony in the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, where it was assigned Monday by Republican leadership in the House of Representatives. “We saw this bill die even though a majority of members of the Senate and a majority of members of the...

    05/15/2012 6:01:56 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 21 replies
    PeaceBJjesus. ^ | 2010 | daniel1212
    The interpretive conflict regarding homosexuality and the Bible is a relatively recent phenomenon, between two fundamentally different positions and interpretive schools. Historical/traditional scholarship evidences that the Bible contains laws which prohibit homosexual relations (same gender sexual relations; also referred to as homoeroticism or homogenital relations, or “homosex”), and which are as universal and immutable as laws against illicit heterosexual partners are shown to be, and unlike incest, homosexual relations never were allowed. In addition, the necessary positive sanction of marriage, which is provided explicitly for opposite gender sexual unions, is nowhere established for homosexual unions. Pro-homosexual polemicists have responded to...
  • GOP kills civil unions in Colorado special session

    05/14/2012 7:31:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2012 | IVAN MORENO and KRISTEN WYATT
    DENVER (AP) - A last-ditch effort by Colorado's governor to give gay couples in the state rights similar to married couples failed Monday after Republicans rejected the proposal during a special legislative session. Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper had said the special session was needed to address a "fundamental question of fairness and civil rights."
  • Poll: Most Americans support same-sex unions [but NOT gay marriage]

    05/14/2012 8:33:17 AM PDT · by kevcol · 55 replies
    CBS news ^ | May 14, 2012 | Tucker Reals
    A new CBS News/New York Times Poll shows a solid majority of Americans support legal recognition for same-sex couples - though not necessarily through the official act of marriage - and the number of people who do support full marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples is significantly higher among younger generations. Overall, 38 percent of those who responded to the survey said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, just like any other couple. Another 24 percent said civil unions should be used to grant same-sex couples legal rights similar to male-female partnerships. Combined, that means 62 percent -...
  • North Carolina voters ban gay marriage, civil unions

    05/08/2012 8:25:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    North Carolinians voted to change the state constitution Tuesday to say that the only valid "domestic legal partnership" in the state is marriage between a man and a woman, according to the AP's projection. The amendment passed 61 to 39 percent with most counties reporting, making North Carolina the 29th state with a gay marriage ban in its constitution. The state already outlawed gay marriage, but the constitutional amendment makes it more difficult for politicians to ever change the law. The amendment also means that a handful of North Carolina municipalities that extended benefits to the domestic partners of their...
  • North Carolina’s Ban on Gay Marriage Appears Likely to Pass [Obama Loses]

    05/07/2012 8:29:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 5/7/12 | Nate Silver
    On Tuesday, North Carolina will vote on a state constitutional amendment that declares, “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized,” thereby banning recognition of same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships of any kind... The most recent poll was conducted by Civitas Institute, a conservative think tank whose poll results have generally shown little partisan bias in the past. That survey polled Democratic and Republican primary voters separately, but projected that the measure would win by 16 percentage points when it combined the results. An April poll by...
  • Two Men Given Six Months Jail for Kissing in Public

    03/28/2012 8:25:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, March 28, 2012
    European and Asian deny charge but witness said he saw them kissing on the mouthAn appeals court in Abu Dhabi upheld a previous court verdict and sentenced a European and an Asian man to six months in prison and ordered their deportation after they were convicted of kissing each other on the mouth in a public place, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. The court supported the previous sentence after a witness confirmed again that he saw them hugging and kissing each other on the mouth in a street in Abu Dhabi, the Arabic language daily Alittihad said. The two unnamed...
  • Hate Crime Investigation at WCSU

    03/06/2012 4:29:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    Police are investigating hate crimes at Western Connecticut State University. A student discovered a gay slur written on a dry erase board outside her dorm room inside Litchfield Hall Feb. 27. She did not report the incident right away. The resident director was notified of the slur and contacted police March 2, according to authorities. On March 3, the student reported another gay slur written on a paper attached to her dorm room in Litchfield Hall. "Such acts are not tolerated at Western," Paul Steinmentz, a university spokesperson, said. "Our police department is investigating, and if the perpetrator is caught,...
  • Gingrich pledges support for constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

    02/24/2012 3:38:33 PM PST · by JediJones · 14 replies ^ | 12/17/2011 | Mike Delrio
    Newt Gingrich affirmed his support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in a detailed response to a marriage pledge by a conservative Iowa group. In his written response to the FAMiLY LEADER Gingrich, the current leader in the national polls for the GOP presidential nomination, said he would “vigorously enforce” the Defense of Marriage Act. The DOMA bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage. The former Speaker of the House also told the FAMiLY LEADER that he would sign an executive order restating that federal funds should not be used to pay for abortions overseas and defend the First Amendment...
  • What’s the Problem with Same-Sex Marriage? (An Honest Look at Homosexual “Marriage”)

    03/18/2012 10:13:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Courageous Priest ^ | March 18, 2012 | BISHOP THOMAS J. TOBIN
    Bishop Thomas Tobin's Five Problems with Homosexual “Marriage” It’s a sure sign of spring, as predictable as the Red Sox at spring training, the swallows returning to Capistrano, and the flowing of green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m referring of course to the public re-appearance of the determined proponents of homosexual marriage.It seems that each year at this time the left-leaning columnists, the organized advocates, and the lobbyists at the State House awaken from their hibernation to take-up their perennial campaign to redefine marriage in Rhode Island and impose their personal preferences upon the citizenry of our State.The public...
  • Santorum Opposes Civil Unions For Same-Sex Couples [Not In Best Interests of Society]

    02/22/2012 4:18:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 1+ views
    February 22, 2012
    February 22, 2012 Santorum Opposes Civil Unions For Same-Sex Couples By Leigh Ann Caldwell Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, said today he opposes civil unions, too. In response to a question by Dean Reynolds for the "CBS Evening News," the former Pennsylvania senator said same-sex couples should work through the legal system to obtain rights similar to those enjoyed by legally married couples. (Watch a clip of the interview in the video player above.) "I believe in people's right to be able to contract for whatever benefits that they have," Santorum told Reynolds. "I...
  • New Hampshire may legalize civil unions for all — even siblings

    10/28/2011 6:55:43 AM PDT · by martosko · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/28/2011 | Steven Nelson
    A bill that would repeal New Hampshire’s 2009 law legalizing same-sex marriage would also allow two citizens of either sex to enter into a civil union — even siblings. New Hampshire Republican state Rep. David Bates, the sponsor of the bill, confirmed this to The Daily Caller. Asked about the logic behind allowing siblings to enter into civil unions, Bates responded, “You have that question backwards. By definition in the bill, a ‘civil union’ means a contractual agreement that provides reciprocal benefits and obligations to the parties to the agreement.”
  • Rhode Island legislature passes same-sex civil union bill

    06/29/2011 6:28:25 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 7 replies ^ | 06/29/2011 | CNN Breaking
    Less than a week after New York became the nation's sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, Rhode Island state lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that permits civil unions between gay and lesbian couples. The measure, which passed the state Senate by a count of 21-16, is widely seen as a compromise intended to provide same-same couples with added rights and benefits, while also preventing an expanded legal definition of marriage. The legislation, which passed overwhelmingly in the state's lower house on May 19, affords same-sex couples a host of new state tax breaks, health-care benefits and...
  • Recipients of civil union license: 'We wanted to make a statement'

    06/01/2011 7:59:05 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 1, 2011 | Rex Huppke and Ruth Fuller
    Cook County has issued its first civil union license, launching a historic day for same-sex couples across the state. Janean Watkins and Lakeesha Harris camped overnight outside the Daley Center to be the first in line as the state's new civil unions law kicked in. "It's historic," said Watkins, who has been with Harris for 10 years. "We wanted to be first. We wanted to make a statement. For us, for our kids. It really means something." The couple has six children who will all be in attendance at a formal civil union ceremony tomorrow.
  • Same-sex couples eagerly await first day of Illinois civil unions

    05/24/2011 9:00:54 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 23, 2011 | Rex W. Huppke
    Paul Dombrowski and Joe Serio met in a bar, each dragged there by friends on a night when neither felt like going out. The two men had begun to give up hope of ever finding a soul mate — but that night, 15 years ago, changed everything. As the years went by, the couple similarly lost hope in ever having their relationship recognized by the state of Illinois. That, too, will change June 2, the first day same-sex Illinois couples can enter into civil unions that will provide them with the same state-level rights as married couples.
  • State Farm to offer same-sex benefits

    05/14/2011 6:19:41 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    Chicago Breaking News State Farm to offer same-sex benefits 6:37 AM CDT, May 14, 2011 BLOOMINGTON (AP) - State Farm Insurance Cos. said Friday it will begin offering health care and other benefits to legally recognized same-sex partners of its employees, a response to an Illinois law that will soon let gay and lesbian couples enter into civil unions. The eligibility changes for the Bloomington-based insurer's group health and welfare plans affect all employees, retirees, agents and agent staff. They would be able to enroll a "legally recognized" same-sex spouse, civil union partner, or domestic partner in benefits for the...
  • Same-sex unions legalized in Delaware

    05/12/2011 10:05:22 AM PDT · by massmike · 41 replies ^ | 05/12/2011 | Peter Mucha
    Delaware has joined New Jersey in granting marriage-like rights to same-sex couples joined by civil unions. The law, which will take effect next Jan. 1, stops short of conferring full marriage rights, as has been done by five states and Washington, D.C. Gov. Jack Markell signed the legislation on Wednesday at Wilmington’s Queen Theater, as hundreds of supporters toasted the occasion with champagne.
  • Holder intervenes in gay man's deportation case

    05/05/2011 10:29:24 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 33 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder took the rare step Thursday of asking an immigration judicial panel to reconsider the case of a gay man they've cleared for deportation. Holder set aside the Board of Immigration Appeals ruling allowing the deportation of Paul Wilson Dorman, a gay man illegally in the U.S. Dorman wants to stay in the country with his male partner, with whom he celebrated a civil union in New Jersey.
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence urges Assembly to reject civil unions

    04/29/2011 10:54:19 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 1+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | April 30, 2011 | Katherine Gregg
    PROVIDENCE — After playing a major role in the defeat of same-sex marriage, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is now urging state lawmakers to reject the compromise that House Speaker Gordon D. Fox is backing: civil unions. In an unsigned editorial in this week’s Rhode Island Catholic, the Diocese says: “We hope that those members of the Rhode Island General Assembly who have consistently supported traditional marriage will stay steadfast in their opposition to the legal recognition of same-sex relationships as either marriage or civil unions. “Government sanctioned civil unions cannot be supported by those who truly understand the...
  • Delaware to Be Eighth State to Allow Civil Unions (The Next Domino)

    04/16/2011 4:45:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/16/2011 | Ethan Cole
    Delaware will be the eighth state to allow civil unions or comprehensive domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. The state House of Representatives voted 26 to 15 Thursday night in favor of the measure. Governor Jack Markell, who has been a gay rights advocate throughout his public service career, has said he will sign the civil union bill, which gives gay couples the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as heterosexual married couples. The Senate passed the bill last week. "We are tremendously proud that the Delaware House has passed civil union legislation," said Equality Delaware President Lisa Goodman. "The fact that...
  • Illinois High School Allows Display Celebrating Homosexual ‘Civil Unions’ Law

    03/28/2011 8:09:36 PM PDT · by ne1410s · 8 replies
    Americans For Truth ^ | 3/28/2011 | Peter LaBarbera
    Dear Readers, each pro-homosexual law makes it easier for school administrators and teachers to allow the one-sided promotion of homosexuality in their school, as occurred recently at Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois (see photo). The state’s Democrat-dominated General Assembly passed a “Civil Unions” bill in a lame-duck session last year (before a new elected, more conservative legislature could take office) — and Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed it into law January 31. (The bill, which also allows heterosexual “civil unions,” thus further undermining marriage, takes effect June 1.) America’s public schools are becoming de facto ”Homosexuality-Promotion Zones” —...
  • Facebook adds civil union, domestic partnership to relationship statuses

    02/18/2011 9:05:50 AM PST · by inflorida · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | February 18, 2011 | Jason Kessler
    New York (CNN) -- Facebook users now have two more ways to describe their romantic arrangements.In a gesture of inclusiveness aimed at the gay community, Facebook on Thursday added "In a civil union" and "In a domestic partnership" to its official list of relationship statuses.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a gay rights group, which announced the change, cheered it.
  • Hawaii Legislature approves same-sex civil unions

    02/17/2011 3:50:52 AM PST · by trumandogz · 10 replies
    The Hawaii Legislature approved a bill on Wednesday allowing civil unions for same-sex couples, sending the measure to the governor, who has said he will sign it into law.
  • Obama's 'evolving' views stir gay marriage debate [You knew this was next]

    12/23/2010 4:54:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 22, 2010 | Peter Nicholas
    President Obama, in saying this week that his view of same-sex marriage is evolving, stirred expectations that he may announce a new position in coming months, fundamentally altering the national debate. A declaration from a sitting president that he supports of gay marriage would be "a game changer,'' one proponent said, and would provide political cover to other politicians, especially to local and state officials as they decide which way to vote on bills permitting gay couples to wed. In a news conference Wednesday and in recent interviews, Obama signaled that his position favoring civil unions is not fixed and...
  • IFI Update: Same-Sex "Civil Unions" May Be Called This Week

    11/29/2010 9:31:56 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 2 replies ^ | November 29, 2010 | David Smith, IFI Director
    IFI Update: Same-Sex "Civil Unions" May Be Called This Week 11/28/2010 12:36:00 PM By David E. Smith, IFI Executive Director -Illinois Family Institute During the first half of the Illinois Veto Session in Springfield (Nov. 16-18), IFI's two lobbyists and I spoke to dozens of lawmakers about the ramifications of passing same-sex "civil unions" legislation (SB 1716) in Illinois. Many lawmakers are unaware that section 10 of this bill states that any partner in a civil union shall be legally considered a "spouse" and "family." It isn't just conjecture to say that the proponents of this bill are trying to...

    05/03/2010 1:25:07 PM PDT · by Proud2BAmerican · 36 replies · 856+ views
    Honolulu Star-Bulleting ^ | 5/02/2010 | Self
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  • Hawaii House Sneaks Gay Civil Unions Bill out of the Closet and into Law with Surprise Vote

    04/30/2010 1:42:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 659+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | April 30, 2010 | Peter J. Smith
    HONOLULU, April 30, 2010 ( – Pro-family advocates were taken by surprise when the Hawaii House of Representatives unexpectedly revived and passed legislation that would establish same-sex civil unions and make them equivalent to marriage, nearly three months after everyone thought the issue was a dead letter.The Senate bill taken up by the House (HB 444) "extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union."Back in February, the House decided to take the legislation off its agenda for the rest of the legislative year in a voice vote that would...
  • Civil Unions, Stepping Stones That Undermine Marriage

    04/13/2010 6:41:24 PM PDT · by ezfindit · 13 replies · 439+ views
    CDS ^ | 4/13/2010 | Chris Banescu
    Some Orthodox leaders and scholars have argued that same-sex civil unions, while not recognized and blessed by the Orthodox Church, should nevertheless be accepted and protected by the state in the spirit of democracy. [...] These positions seem to present a fair and reasonable perspective that maintains a balance between the Orthodox Church’s unwavering support for traditional marriage and her absolute rejection of all homosexual unions, and the secular and democratic society we live in. On closer inspection however, the reality of such moderated and accommodating views exposes a danger that may not have been considered when such support was...
  • Bride Arrested After Baring Breasts at Own Wedding Party (Gay Civil Ceremony)

    03/23/2010 12:28:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies · 4,414+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 22 Mar 2010
    A bride was arrested at her own wedding party after baring her breasts at a doorman - and then hitting him over the head with her red stiletto shoe.Sharon Hancox, 40, spent her first night of marriage in police cells after the row at the champagne reception for her lesbian wedding to her new wife. A court heard Hancox had drunk up to eight pints of lager and champagne at the party after their gay civil ceremony. ut the court heard she had a row with club doorman David Jenkins over allowing an unwelcome guest into the wedding function....
  • Maryland to honor other states' gay unions

    02/24/2010 12:57:10 PM PST · by Hawk720 · 21 replies · 504+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2010 | John Wagner
    Gansler: Effective immediately Md. recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere UPDATE 2:50 P.M.: Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) says effective immediately the state recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere and state agencies should begin giving gay couples the rights they were awarded elsewhere. UPDATE 10:25 a.m.: Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery), who requested the opinion from Gansler, said in a brief interview that he was unsure whether there would be any immediate ramifications. "It's reaffirmation of what we thought, that Maryland can recognize gay marriage," Madaleno said. He said that changes in state policy could result from a court...