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  • Was Al Moher Right About Sexual Orientation and Secular Counseling?

    11/23/2014 2:08:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Michael Brown
    Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is one of the preeminent Christian leaders of our day. He is as clear-headed as he is courageous, always a source of truth and sanity in the midst of a deeply confused culture. Dr. Mohler has also played a significant role in addressing the issue of homosexuality and the church, demonstrating both humility and conviction, thereby helping to set an example for pastors and leaders trying to navigate their way through an emotional and spiritual minefield. How do we stand against gay activism in our society while at the same...
  • Navy halts move to allow gay unions by chaplains

    05/10/2011 9:07:06 PM PDT · by quantim · 21 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 10, 11:20 PM EDT | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under pressure from more than five dozen House lawmakers, the Navy late Tuesday abruptly reversed its decision that would have allowed chaplains to perform same-sex unions if the Pentagon decides to recognize openly gay military service later this year. In a one-sentence memo obtained by The Associated Press, Rear Adm. Mark Tidd, chief of Navy chaplains, said his earlier decision has been "suspended until further notice pending additional legal and policy review and interdepartmental coordination." The Navy said its lawyers wanted to do a more thorough review of the legal decision that allowed Navy chaplains to receive...
  • Out Of Thin Air

    08/05/2010 5:40:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 5, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Same-Sex Marriage: A federal judge decides marriage is a constitutional right and overturns California's Proposition 8 forbidding such unions. The issue is headed to a Supreme Court that Elena Kagan will be sitting on. The imperial judiciary has struck again, with Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker striking down California's Proposition 8, passed in November 2008 with 52% of the vote, on the grounds that the voter-approved law was a violation of gay couples' civil rights. Walker's ruling follows a Massachusetts federal judge's ruling last month that the state's married gay couples, also established by judicial fiat, were being wrongly...
  • Would partners of gay troops get benefits, too?

    03/26/2010 2:29:39 AM PDT · by Salman · 50 replies · 1,437+ views
    AP via My Way ^ | Mar 26, 2010 | KIMBERLY HEFLING
    WASHINGTON (AP) - If gay service members are allowed to serve openly, the military will face another tough question: Should gay partners be entitled to military benefits? Momentum appears to be building for ending the ban on gays in the military. New rules ordered Thursday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates make it harder to discharge men and women under the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell." His decision is intended as a stopgap measure as Congress weighs whether to go along with President Barack Obama's request to repeal the law. Since the draft ended in 1973, spousal benefits have...
  • Letter on marriage clarifies opposition to divorce, cohabitation and same sex unions

    11/18/2009 1:41:43 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 376+ views
    cna ^ | November 18, 2009
    Baltimore, Md., Nov 18, 2009 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- On the final day of their annual meeting, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a  pastoral letter on marriage titled “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan,” which restates and clarifies the Church's teachings to empower those seeking to defend marriage against the cultural currents of cohabitation, contraception, divorce and same sex unions. “Thank goodness this is out there, clearly stated, with ample documentation and very reasonably put forward,” Baltimore's Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien told the Baltimore Sun. “I think it's going to be a very positive...
  • Lieberman bill may cross a bridge in same-sex debate

    10/11/2009 12:32:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 916+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 11, 2009 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) is ready to re-start a debate over domestic benefits to gay federal employees and their spouses. Lieberman told The Hill he hopes to push a bill onto the Senate floor by the end of the year that would grant the same benefits to gay federal employees and their spouses as given any married federal employee and their spouse. Benefits include federal health insurance, enhanced dental and vision care, retirement and disability provisions and life insurance and benefits in cases of death or disability. Members of the military would be excluded. Lieberman said he expects to hold...
  • Quakers 'To Allow Gay Marriages'

    07/30/2009 6:51:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies · 744+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 30th 2009
    Quakers 'to allow gay marriages' The Quakers have supported same-sex unions for more than two decades One of the UK's oldest Christian denominations - the Quakers - looks set to extend marriage services to same-sex couples at their yearly meeting later. The church has already held religious blessings for same-sex couples who have had a civil partnership ceremony.But agreeing to perform gay marriages, which are currently not allowed under civil law, could bring the Quakers into conflict with the government. The issue of active homosexuality has bitterly divided other churches. But the BBC's religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott said the...
  • New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere

    05/28/2008 8:29:58 PM PDT · by Embargo · 93 replies · 378+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 29, 2008 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson has directed all state agencies to begin to revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, like Massachusetts, California and Canada. In a directive issued on May 14, the governor’s legal counsel, David Nocenti, instructed the agencies that gay couples married elsewhere “should be afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed union.” The revisions are most likely to involve as many as 1,300 statutes and regulations in New York governing everything from joint filing of income tax returns to transferring fishing licenses between spouses. In a videotaped...
  • Court rules on gay marriage rights (EU Court of Justice - same-sex unions and pension rights)

    04/01/2008 1:03:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 127+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/1/08 | AP
    LUXEMBOURG - EU nations that recognize same-sex unions as legal marriages must grant surviving partners the same pension rights as given to those in traditional marriages, the EU Court of Justice ruled Tuesday. The Luxembourg-based court ruling was seen as a victory for a German man who was denied his partner's retirement plan payments after his partner died in 2005. The EU court said pension plan had discriminated against the man on the grounds of sexual orientation because the men's relationship had been recognized under German law as a legally registered life partnership equivalent to a traditional marriage. The court...
  • Obama: Sermon on Mount Justifies Same-Sex Unions

    03/03/2008 4:24:08 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 98 replies · 274+ views
    Obama: Sermon on Mount Justifies Same-Sex Unions By Terence P. Jeffrey CNSNews.com Editor in Chief March 03, 2008 (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told a crowd at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, Sunday that he believes the Sermon on the Mount justifies his support for legal recognition of same-sex unions. He also told the crowd that his position in favor of legalized abortion does not make him "less Christian." "I don't think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state,"...
  • State Sponsored Sodomy Dishonors Marriage

    06/05/2007 7:45:25 AM PDT · by Phil Magnan · 5 replies · 583+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 06/05/07 | Phil Magnan
    State Sponsored Sodomy Dishonors Marriage Contact: Phil Magnan, Director, Biblical Family Advocates, 619-962-0659 phil@bfamilyadvocates.com SAN DIEGO, June 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, responding to a potential legal action by the ACLU will be changing its regulations to accommodate conjugal visits by homosexuals. In an article from the San Francisco Chronicle, Gays and lesbians allowed conjugal visits in prisons, "the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has begun to allow overnight visits for inmates with registered domestic partners and is to adopt permanent regulations later this year." Biblical Family Advocates Director (BFA) Phil Magnan responded...
  • Serial-killer suspect tells police why he did it (Houma, LA)

    12/04/2006 2:43:11 PM PST · by Ellesu · 32 replies · 2,234+ views
    www.houmatoday.com ^ | 12/04/06 | houmatoday
    The man who allegedly admitted to murdering nearly two dozen men told authorities he did so to keep them quiet after raping them. Ronald Joseph Dominique, 42, of Bayou Blue, is formally charged with killing 11 men over a period spanning nearly a decade. Police say he’s admitted to killing 23, and there may be others whose deaths haven’t been discovered yet. He targeted men with a transient life-style, those who walked or relied on a bicycle for transportation and may have had drug or alcohol problems. Some of those men were gay, others performed sex acts with men or...
  • Keep Freeping this poll

    10/30/2006 12:45:23 PM PST · by dcnd9 · 10 replies · 790+ views
    NBC ^ | 10/30/06 | NBC
    Should Gay Couples In New Jersey Have The Same Rights To Benefits As Heterosexual Couples? Choice Votes Percentage of 4415 Votes Yes 2144 49% No 2271 51%
  • HB2661(WA): The Unintended Consequences (Straight Woman Seeks Equality Under Gay-Rights Law)

    08/24/2006 12:53:30 PM PDT · by Sopater · 23 replies · 1,206+ views
    Faith and Freedom Network ^ | August 23, 2006 | Gary Randall
    There is a breaking story in Washington State today that goes something like this: Straight Woman Seeks Equality Under Gay-Rights Law. I just finished an interview with KING 5 TV in Seattle and the news people are still trying to sort out all of the ramifications. Sandi Scott-Moore, an employee of Honeywell International in Redmond, WA, claims health insurance coverage for her male partner was denied because the unmarried couple is not of the same gender. Robert Ferris, of Honeywell, says the company does provide health benefits for partners of its gay and lesbian employees. He is also saying Honeywell...
  • Straight woman seeks equality under gay-rights law

    08/23/2006 8:35:50 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 110 replies · 2,718+ views
    King County Journal (Seattle area) ^ | 8/23/2003 | Curt Woodward
    Straight woman seeks equality under gay-rights law: Unwed Redmond worker wants her male partner to receive health benefits One of the first tests for Washington's new gay civil rights law has an intriguing twist: The complaint was filed by a heterosexual woman. The state's discrimination watchdogs are investigating the case, which claims unmarried straight people should get the same domestic partner benefits as their gay and lesbian co-workers. But officials are treading carefully, Human Rights Commission Director Marc Brenman said, because upholding the claim could set a sweeping new precedent for Washington businesses. ... The complaint, filed last week, is...
  • Australia Strikes Down Law Recognizing Same-Sex Unions

    06/13/2006 3:18:43 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 5 replies · 382+ views
    LIFESITE ^ | 06/13/2006 | Gudrun Schultz
    Australia Strikes Down Law Recognizing Same-Sex Unions By Gudrun Schultz CANBERRA, Australia, June 13, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Australian government has followed through on its pledge to quash a law recognizing same-sex unions in the Australian Capital Territory. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock drew on rarely used Commonwealth authority Tuesday, asking Governor-General Michael Jeffrey, Australia's representative of Queen Elizabeth II, who is Australia's official head of state under the terms of the nation's consitutional monarchy, to declare the law invalid. "The ACT civil relationships ordinance has been disallowed," Mr Ruddock told reporters in Canberra. "Legislative amendments introduced to establish a civil arrangement...
  • Same-sex unions a matter of spiritual life and death

    05/26/2006 6:53:25 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 5 replies · 447+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 5/26/2006 | Garth George
    At last a senior and respected clergyman has stood up in New Zealand and addressed in no uncertain terms the vexed question of some churches' attitudes to sexuality. In fact, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev Peter Jensen, has gone so far as to say that human sexuality is correctly the issue at which Anglican churches should consider breaking fellowship. But it is not just the Anglican Church torn apart by this controversy; the Presbyterian and Methodist churches are similarly afflicted. Archbishop Jensen made his comments in an address to a conference of the evangelical Latimer Fellowship in...
  • Gay couple can't contest marriage definition

    05/05/2006 12:48:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies · 850+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/5/6 | Bob Egelko
    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court today dismissed a challenge by two Orange County men to a law denying federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples, saying a couple that isn't legally married under state law has no right to contest the federal definition of marriage. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached the result urged by gay-rights groups, which opposed the federal suit because they are trying to overturn California's marriage law in state court. The appeals court also refused to consider the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it should be addressed first by...
  • New Immigration Reforms Must End Discrimination Against Lesbians, Gays

    05/02/2006 7:33:28 PM PDT · by SJackson · 37 replies · 790+ views
    BBS News ^ | 5-2-06
    U.S. Immigration Law Inhumane to Same-Sex CouplesHRW via BBSNews - Washington, D.C., May 2, 2006 -- Thousands of U.S. citizens and their foreign same-sex partners face enormous hardships, separation and even exile because discriminatory U.S. immigration policies deprive these couples of the basic right to be together, Human Rights Watch and Immigration Equality said in a report released today. As Congress debates immigration reforms, it must end the discrimination that lesbian and gay Americans and their foreign partners endure under U.S. immigration law. The 2000 U.S. Census estimated that in the United States there were almost 40,000 lesbian and...
  • Chasm over gays deepens among Conservative Jews

    04/09/2006 3:02:39 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 45 replies · 716+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 9, 2006 | Charles A. Radin
    The reading of the Torah ended, and Cantor Charles D. Osborne led the congregation at Temple Emanuel in Newton in a poignant prayer for renewal. It was time for the sermon. Rabbi Michelle Robinson rose and delivered the most stirring sermon of her young career -- an impassioned demand that the Conservative movement in Judaism sanction same-sex unions and other Jewish rituals for gays and lesbians. If movement leaders, who are in the midst of a deep debate over these issues, disagree, Emanuel, one of the wealthiest and most influential Conservative synagogues in New England, should sanctify such unions anyway,...
  • A fresh focus on domestic partners (Focus on the Family supports gay rights bill)

    02/09/2006 12:55:09 PM PST · by Terriergal · 84 replies · 1,802+ views
    The Denver Post Online ^ | 02/06/2006 01:00:00 AM | Editorial board
    A fresh focus on domestic partnersFocus on the Family is supporting legislation to provide expanded legal benefits for heads of untraditional households including gay couples. We were pleasantly surprised last week when Focus on the Family expressed its support for state legislation that would provide expanded legal benefits for same-sex couples and other non-traditional households. In the chaos of domestic-partner, civil-union and gay-marriage measures, there will be plenty of time to take sides in 2006 as state lawmakers and voters consider whether to expand the standing of same-sex couples to anything that resembles heterosexual marriage. Focus on the Family, the...
  • D.C. Episcopal diocese OKs same-sex blessings

    01/28/2006 10:54:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 509+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/6 | Julia Duin
    The Episcopal Diocese of Washington voted yesterday to approve same-sex blessing ceremonies at its annual convention at the Washington National Cathedral, while the Diocese of Virginia, meeting in Richmond, passed an omnibus resolution that touted unity.     The Washington diocese has unofficially allowed same-sex ceremonies for years, and it has had a same-sex rite on the books since June 2004.     However, that rite has been put on hold until a meeting of the Episcopal General Convention in June in Ohio, when the denomination's future stance on homosexual clergy and same-sex blessings will be decided.     The Virginia diocese's resolution, passed in the...
  • Druids hold N.Wales' first gay wedding

    12/23/2005 9:05:18 AM PST · by dukeman · 18 replies · 540+ views
    NorthWales.co.uk ^ | 12/22/05 | Roland Hughes
    Two druid priests yesterday became the first North Wales same-sex couple to tie the knot in a so-called gay wedding. Seven couples across the region took part in the historic ceremonies. And one wedding guest said if the controversial partnerships were introduced earlier, an inheritance tax legal battle after his partner of 48 years died, could have been avoided. The first North Wales ceremony was held in T£ Dewi Sant, Wrexham, between Philip Main, 49, and David Girvan, 52. The keen druids both dressed in white robes for the 10am ceremony - which fell on the winter solstice, also a...
  • Discretion Recommended for British Civil Partnerships

    12/18/2005 2:52:48 PM PST · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 418+ views
    With Great Britain’s first same-sex civil unions set to be recognized under law on Dec. 21, an informal poll conducted by the advocacy group Changing Attitude suggests uneven enforcement of disciplinary procedures spelled out in a July 25 pastoral letter by the House of Bishops. The new law on civil unions will allow same-sex couples to register their partnership with the state. Registration entitles the couple to most of the same civil benefits as heterosexual married couples. In the July 25 pastoral letter, the Church of England’s House of Bishops said the new law does not change doctrine or discipline....
  • Who Gave Permission for This Lie of Omission?

    12/17/2005 12:50:03 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 10 replies · 1,233+ views
    MND ^ | December 17, 2005 | by Richard L. Davis
    Whoever is detected in a shameful fraud is ever after not believed even if they speak the truth. - Phaedrus Most newspapers expect the readers to believe a news story will be an honest and unbiased presentation of an event factually written by a reporter and honestly reviewed by a news editor. Readers expect the news section will be bias free. An editorial or an op-ed piece in a newspaper represents the “official view” of the news by that particular newspaper or the opinion of an interested reader. And of course newspapers have the right to express their “official view”...
  • DURHAM: Bishop says he cannot support same-sex blessings

    12/16/2005 6:02:19 PM PST · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 358+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 12/14/2005 | The Rt. Rev. Dr. N.T. Wright
    Dear Friends Warm greetings to you all on a chilly December day. I have been sparing with the Ad Clerum genre over the last two years, but I think it's time to start making amends. And there is a pressing matter about which you need to know how things are shaping up. Last week the Civil Partnerships Act came into force, and couples of the same sex are now able to apply to register as Partners, with various tax and inheritance benefits very similar to those applying to married couples. After a short waiting period, registrations will take place, beginning...
  • Former Senator Danforth: Same-Sex Blessings Not Marriages

    09/09/2005 6:13:36 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 18 replies · 632+ views
    The Rev. John C. Danforth, an Episcopal priest who previously served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. senator from Missouri, recently told a political gathering in St. Louis he was open to performing rites for the blessing of same-sex unions, but would not officiate at a gay “marriage.” Speaking to the St. Louis chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans (which describes itself as “the leading voice for fairness, inclusion and tolerance in the GOP”) Fr. Danforth rejected calls for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, saying it was “nothing more than gay bashing.” He told The Living...
  • Country Club Must Make Gays Even Offer

    08/02/2005 9:50:24 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 54 replies · 1,068+ views
    AP ^ | 8/2/05 | Lisa Leff
    California's highest court ruled Monday that country clubs must offer gay members who register as domestic partners the same discounts given to married ones — a decision that could apply to other businesses such as insurance companies and mortgage lenders. The decision by the California Supreme Court dealt with a policy at the Bernardo Heights Country Club in San Diego that allowed only the children, grandchildren and spouses of married members to golf for free. Birgit Koebke, 48, an avid golfer who pays about $500 a month in membership fees, challenged the policy after being told that her longtime lesbian...
  • Once again, the people's opinion means nothing... California Gays Get Benefits Boost

    08/02/2005 1:24:02 PM PDT · by dmanLA · 16 replies · 814+ views
    In country club case, court says domestic partners deserve same the benefits given married couples. By John Spano Times Staff Writer August 1, 2005, 1:01 PM PDT A country club that granted married couples benefits it denied to gay couples registered as domestic partners was in violation of California civil rights laws, the California Supreme Court ruled this morning. The wide-ranging ruling means that any benefits that California businesses provide to married couples must be offered to registered domestic partners. The court struck down a policy by the Bernardo Heights Country Club in San Diego against admitting gay couples as...
  • Golfing gay couples make par

    08/01/2005 8:03:15 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 296+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 2 August 2005
    TOP justices in the western state of California have ruled that same-sex unions are on par with man-woman marriages when it comes to country club membership benefits, US attorneys said. The decision stemmed from legal action taken by B. Birgit Koebke and Kendall French after Bernardo Heights Country Club denied them the same access to its golf course afforded members in heterosexual marriages, according to a lawyer representing the couple. Striving for a "family friendly environment" was a legitimate business goal that was undermined, not bolstered, by discriminating against gay couples who qualified as domestic partners, state Supreme Court Justice...
  • Court: Businesses can't deny discounts to gay domestic partners

    08/01/2005 12:44:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 1,049+ views
    AP ^ | 8/1/5 | LISA LEFF
    San Francisco (AP) -- A country club must offer spousal discounts to same-sex domestic partners, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday, saying that a San Diego golf course discriminated against lesbians when relatives of married members played for free. Deciding a case brought against Bernardo Heights Country Club in San Diego, the state's highest court said that allowing the families of married members to golf gratis while charging the partners of gay members constitutes "impermissible marital status discrimination." While businesses might have once claimed a legitimate business interest for maintaining different policies for married couples and gay members who cannot...
  • Four's a Crowd

    07/24/2005 12:00:40 PM PDT · by lexfreedom · 14 replies · 902+ views
    Boston Globe Sunday Edition - Magazine ^ | July 24, 2005 | David Valdes Greenwood
    "And yet for my husband and me, it seems that marriage simply adds a new category of potential suitors: the couple with a crush on us." -- David Valdes Greenwood ------------------------------------------------------ COUPLING Four's a Crowd Breaking up with one person is hard enough. But when it's a couple you want to avoid, it can get ugly. By David Valdes Greenwood | July 24, 2005 Once you marry, you think you are safely removed from the perils of dating. And yet for my husband and me, it seems that marriage simply adds a new category of potential suitors: the couple with...
  • Same-sex benefits for state workers under study

    07/22/2005 5:55:26 PM PDT · by Nowhere Man · 7 replies · 397+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | July 22, 2005 | Tom Barnes
    HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund board voted unanimously yesterday to study the cost of extending health benefits to the same-sex and heterosexual "domestic partners" of state employees. Determining the price tag would be the first step toward making a politically controversial move -- actually providing state benefits to workers' domestic partners. It's a move that Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell supports but many socially and religiously conservative Republican legislators oppose. Rendell supports the move "as a matter of fairness," said Kate Philips, his press secretary. Philadelphia city employees had domestic partner benefits when Rendell was mayor in the...
  • Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples

    07/08/2005 10:15:30 AM PDT · by Exton1 · 73 replies · 3,476+ views
    Family Research Council via Virtuosity Online ^ | April 2004 | Timothy J. Dailey, Ph.D.,
    Comparing the Lifestyles of Homosexual Couples to Married Couples Family Research Council via Virtuosity Online ^ | April, 2004 | Timothy J. Dailey, Ph.D., http://www.virtuosityonline.org/portal/modules/news/article.php?storyid=650 Summary: Many times, homosexual relationships are touted as being no different than ordinary married couples. But research shows that in several key respects, the homosexual lifestyle differs radically from other types of relationships. by: Timothy J. Dailey, Ph. D. "Married and Gay Couples Not All that Different," proclaimed the headline of a news article portraying homosexual households as remarkably similar to married couples. "We're the couple next door," claimed one partnered homosexual. "We have...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Condemns Same-Sex Unions

    06/06/2005 11:49:53 AM PDT · by jdm · 70 replies · 1,776+ views
    AP ^ | June 06, 2005 | Nicole Winfield
    ROME - Pope Benedict XVI condemned same-sex unions as anarchic "pseudo-matrimony" Monday and reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to abortion. Benedict repeatedly referred to marriage as a union between man and woman in an address to a conference of the Diocese of Rome on the role of the family held at St. John Lateran basilica. He said matrimony was not just a "casual sociological construction" that changed in certain times in history but rather an institution that had its roots "in the most profound essence of the human being." "The various forms of the dissolution of matrimony today, like...
  • ACLU Launches Marriage Campaign to Move Americans to Treat Families of Same-Sex Couples More Fairly

    05/16/2005 11:10:20 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 43 replies · 934+ views
    ACLU.org ^ | 5/16/05 | ACLU
    The American Civil Liberties Union today announced plans to launch a national Marriage Campaign to persuade Americans that it is unfair to deny legal protections to the families of same-sex couples. The campaign will be led by Michael Mitchell, who comes to the ACLU after serving as the Executive Director of Equality Utah, that state’s lesbian and gay advocacy organization. "Our Constitution guarantees basic fairness to all people, yet lesbian and gay couples who make lasting commitments to each other just like married couples, are denied protections for their families," said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. "With...
  • Same-sex Couples Still Losing Out

    05/05/2005 12:30:32 PM PDT · by Mark · 46 replies · 1,155+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | May 5, 2005 | Jasmyne Cannick
    Same-sex couples still losing out By Jasmyne Cannick Guest Columnist "In other words, if you're a two-working family, like a lot of families are here in America, and two people working in your family, and the spouse dies early -- before 62, for example -- all of the money that the spouse has put into the system is held there, and then when the other spouse retires, he or she gets to choose the benefits from his or her own work or the other spouse's benefits, whichever is higher, but not both. See what I'm saying? Somebody who's worked all...
  • Same-Sex "Marriage": "Gay Rights" Activists to Cross The Last Cultural Frontier?

    05/04/2005 7:42:41 PM PDT · by twas · 2 replies · 300+ views
    Christian Leadership Ministries ^ | 13 July 2002 | Anton N. Marco
    "Gay Rights" and Multinational Business: A New "Marriage of Convenience"? In a striking business development, actions by major "multinational" corporations to include "domestic partners" of gays and lesbians in employee benefits schemes have become increasingly common in recent years. Even formerly conservative Walt Disney Enterprises has now "restructured" benefits in this way. One sees few non-multinational corporations and almost no small businesses taking such steps, however, from which one may conclude either that (1) multi-national corporations posess size and strength non-multinationals and small businesses simply do not, which enable these "megabusinesses" to absorb the increased overhead of including gay and...
  • Vermont Marks Five Years Of Civil Unions (Howard Dean's Legacy)

    04/26/2005 7:16:58 AM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 21 replies · 530+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 26, 2005 | Adrienne Mand Lewin
    On a summer day nearly five years ago, Lois Farnham and Holly Puterbaugh made their 27-year relationship official before 200 guests at First Congregational Church in Burlington, Vt. The occasion was remarkable on several levels. For the women, the ceremony brought legitimacy to their partnership, both legally and emotionally. For the state of Vermont, it was one of the first civil unions of gay couples to be recognized. And for the nation, it helped spark one of the most fiercely debated issues fueling the current culture wars. "Every once in a while, I step back and say, 'Oh, my gosh,...
  • Elton John Planning Civil Marriage with Long-Term Partner

    04/25/2005 7:57:39 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 55 replies · 1,893+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2005 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - British pop star Elton John intends to marry his long term partner David Furnish some time this year or in 2006, his publicist said Monday. The singer told the Mirror tabloid that he and Furnish wanted to hold a civil partnership ceremony in Windsor, near London, in mid-December, although publicist Gary Farrow said John had added it could take place some time next year. "He (John) said that it may be by Christmas and it may be next year," Farrow told Reuters. He added that one of John's main motivations for going ahead with the ceremony was...
  • Conn House OK's Gay Unions.........

    04/14/2005 9:50:36 AM PDT · by AZScreamingEagle · 71 replies · 1,199+ views
    Foxnews ^ | April 13, 2005
    HARTFORD, Conn. — The state House passed legislation Wednesday that would make Connecticut (search) the second state to establish same-sex civil unions, and the first to do it without a court order. Addressing concerns raised by Gov. M. Jodi Rell (search), the House amended the bill to define marriage as being between one man and one woman. That means the Senate, which overwhelmingly approved the bill last week, would need to approve the amended version before it reaches the governor's desk. Vermont has approved civil unions and Massachusetts (search) has gay marriage, but those changes came only after same-sex couples...
  • G.O.P. Consultant's Marriage Is a Gay One

    04/08/2005 11:24:42 PM PDT · by FreeManWhoCan · 16 replies · 1,072+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 9, 2005 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    WASHINGTON, April 8 - Arthur J. Finkelstein, a prominent Republican consultant who has directed a series of hard-edged political campaigns to elect conservatives in the United States and Israel over the last 25 years, said Friday that he had married his male partner in a civil ceremony at his home in Massachusetts. Mr. Finkelstein, 59, who has made a practice of defeating Democrats by trying to demonize them as liberal, said in a brief interview that he had married his partner of 40 years to ensure that the couple had the same benefits available to married heterosexual couples. "I believe...
  • Gay divorce stats released

    04/04/2005 10:05:14 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 12 replies · 1,159+ views
    news24.com ^ | 4/4/05
    Amsterdam - Gay Dutch couples appear to divorce at a rate of about one percent a year - the same rate as heterosexual married couples, according to government data released on Monday. The Netherlands legalised gay marriage in 2001 - the first country to do so - and the data released on Monday was the first time the government has reported on gay divorce rates. Between April 2001, when gay marriage was legalised, and December 2003 there have been 5 751 gay marriages and 63 divorces, according to figures gathered from city registers. In the same period, there were around...
  • Civil Unions in Connecticut [Surprise, surprise, the NYT blatantly shills for it and more later]

    03/06/2005 10:18:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 675+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 7, 2005 | MEATHEAD EDITORIAL
    Connecticut is seriously considering giving gay couples the ability to have their relationships legalized in civil unions. A civil union bill took a critical step toward passage when it was approved, 25 to 13, by the Legislature's powerful Judiciary Committee recently, and supporters believe they have the votes in the House and Senate. Gov. M. Jodi Rell has said she supports at least the concept of civil unions. Gay rights advocates have mixed reactions, since they had hoped for a law that would give them the same rights and privileges as any married couple, and call it a marriage. Love...
  • Connecticut Legislature to Put Same-Sex Unions to a Vote

    03/06/2005 4:39:21 AM PST · by Crackingham · 8 replies · 465+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/6/05 | Elizabeth Mehren
    <p>Lawmakers here will soon take up a bill legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples. The measure would make Connecticut the first state to sanction gay and lesbian unions through legislative action rather than court order.</p> <p>If enacted, it would extend all the rights and benefits of marriage to same-sex couples, except for the right to obtain a marriage license. The bill passed a key hurdle last month when it was approved 25-13 by the Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee (news - web sites).</p>
  • Ordination of Gay Ministers & Recognition of Gay Unions May Force Schism in Anglican Communion

    02/24/2005 12:17:46 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 763+ views
    LifeSite ^ | February 24, 2005
    LONDON, February 24, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said that schism is imminent unless US and Canadian churches stop ordaining homosexual bishops and solemnizing same-sex unions. Leaders of the 77-million-member Anglican Communion are meeting at a retreat this week in Northern Ireland, to discuss and try to resolve the issue. “Should the call to halt and find ways of continuing in our present communion not be heeded, then we shall have to begin to learn to walk apart,” the Archbishop said Tuesday, as reported by the Washington Times. “There will be no cost-free outcome from this,” he...
  • Britain to Allow Same-Sex Civil Unions

    02/21/2005 10:21:29 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 26 replies · 639+ views
    The Associated Press (New York Times) ^ | February 21, 2004 | AP Wire
    LONDON (AP) -- Same-sex partners in Britain will be able to enter into civil unions from December, joining gays in parts of Europe and the United States in obtaining many of the rights enjoyed by married people, the government said Monday. 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 married couples have. Advertisement Starting Dec. 5, couples will be able to notify the register office at their local council that they intend to form civil partnerships. After...
  • Hesse, dissenting member of sexuality task force speaks out

    02/18/2005 3:24:41 PM PST · by lightman · 170+ views
    WordAlone Daily ^ | February 17, 2005 | Betsy Carlson and Louis Hesse
    A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Task Force on Sexuality has issued short statements on what he calls a “minority report” on the task force’s “Report and Recommendations” to The Lutheran magazine, Solid Rock Lutherans and a longer version to WordAlone. The task force recommendations calls for unity within the denomination and commitment to continuing to talk about its disagreements on homosexual lifestyles; for continuing to respect the “pastoral guidance” of a 1993 Conference of Bishops statement on homosexuality; and to continue using the denomination’s current standards of sexual conduct for rostered ministers while refraining from disciplining...
  • NYC MARRIAGE WATCH: Clergy Respond

    02/10/2005 4:15:02 PM PST · by KMC1 · 6 replies · 619+ views
    MARRIAGEWATCH - CLERGY RESPOND: A vast number of clergy are quite upset by the New York State Supreme Court's decision to mandate the issuance of marriage licenses 30 days from last friday. The New York Sun's Meghan Clyne documents their lament in today's edition. The strength of the piece is the wide ranging and very balanced viewpoints that she puts into the piece. (Note to the New York Times - how 'bout this concept - getting both sides of a story...) Clyne quotes Catholics, Baptists, Pentecostals, Orthodox Jews. Caucasions, African-Americans, and Middle Eastern voices all representing the view of defending marriage - and not in...
  • Gays make taxing choice

    01/26/2005 10:09:07 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 22 replies · 404+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2005 | AP
    BOSTON (AP) — As if tax season isn't stressful enough, homosexual "newlyweds" in Massachusetts have a new question to consider: Do they check "married" or "single" on their federal tax forms? A landmark court ruling made Massachusetts the first state to sanction same-sex "marriage" nearly a year ago, but homosexuals will have to untie the knot in April — on paper at least — because the federal government doesn't recognize their unions. But some aren't ready to declare themselves "single" to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). "I fully intend to file a married joint return, regardless of the fact that...