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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
    TheLocal.it ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 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,...