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  • Can the (Catholic) Bishop's Win This Battle?

    11/22/2011 3:03:57 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 22, 2011 | Christopher Manion
    Christopher Manion This past September, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, President of the USCCB, sent President Obama a letter that was long overdue. “I write with a growing sense of urgency about recent actions taken by your Administration that both escalate the threat to marriage and imperil the religious freedom of those who promote and defend marriage,” the archbishop wrote. “The Justice Department’s [attack on the Defense of Marriage Act], in addition to other troubling federal decisions occurring recently, prompts me yet again to register my grave concerns.”Archbishop Dolan’s public overture represents a significant departure from the path of his predecessors. Only...
  • Santorum says Romney to the left of Obama on same-sex marriage

    11/17/2011 11:11:19 AM PST · by Antoninus · 42 replies
    On Top Magazine ^ | November 15, 2011 | Carlos Santoscoy
    Rick Santorum on Monday accused GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney of being more liberal on gay marriage than President Barack Obama. Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, made his remarks during an interview on Laura Ingraham's radio show. When Ingraham asked Romney's stance on a proposed bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Santorum answered: I would argue that Mitt Romney, as governor of Massachusetts, was to the left of Barack Obama on the issue of gay marriage. DOMA is the 1996 law that bars federal agencies and the military from recognizing the legal marriages of gay...
  • Lesbian couple mulls action against Christian wedding cake baker

    11/16/2011 2:07:21 PM PST · by NYer · 70 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 16, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Victoria Childress DES MOINES, Iowa, November 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Iowa baker who politely declined to provide a wedding cake for two lesbians based on her Christian values may face legal action from the couple. Same-sex “marriage” was legalized in Iowa in 2009 by the state Supreme Court, and a 2007 state civil rights act disallows discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in matters of employment, education, housing, and public accommodation. On Tuesday KCCI 8 Des Moines interviewed Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers, who said they were “shocked” when a local wedding cake business owner declined to provide the...
  • Town clerk in NY same-sex marriage flap re-elected

    11/09/2011 11:10:14 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    wxow ^ | November 9, 2011
    LEDYARD, N.Y. (AP) - A town clerk in upstate New York's Finger Lakes region who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs has won her re-election race.Longtime Ledyard town clerk Rose Marie Belforti defeated Ed Easter, a write-in candidate who said he ran because Belforti's stance on licenses was wrong.New York became the sixth and largest state to sanction gay marriage this summer. Belforti said her Christian beliefs preclude her from issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Her solution was to have her office issue all marriage licenses by appointment so a deputy can...
  • Voters to decide fate of NY town clerk (who has refused to sign gay marriage licenses)

    11/08/2011 1:12:40 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    9wsyr ^ | November 7, 2011
    Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- It’s time to head to the polls Tuesday morning. We’ve been telling you about the heated contest for Ledyard Town Clerk, where the current clerk has refused to sign gay marriage licenses and a write-in candidate is hoping to take her spot. There are also some referendums to consider. In the town of Salina for example, the board wants to buy the Burdick Chevrolet property and convert it into a town hall and highway garage. Plus, the issue of possibly dissolving the village of Camillus is on the table. Stay tuned to NewsChannel 9 for all...
  • Staten Islanders react to Archbishop Dolan's statement banning gay marriage from Catholic churches

    11/05/2011 1:19:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    silive ^ | November 4, 2011 | Maura Grunlund
    Associated Press"The marital union between one man and one woman was universally accepted by civil law as a constitutive element of human society, which is vital to the human family and to the continuation of the human race," Archbishop Dolan said in the decree dated Oct. 18. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Following the spiritual lead of Pope Benedict, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan has issued an official statement banning gay marriage in Roman Catholic churches.Supporters of the Marriage Equality Act were left to ponder why and whether his statement was politically motivated. Archbishop Dolan issued a decree forbidding any priest or...
  • The Devil Made Me Gay! Or Not. [Catholic Caucus]

    11/03/2011 3:21:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | November 3, 2011 | Patrick Archbold
    Theological error, they called it. The Pilot, the journal of the Archdiocese of Boston, published a column written by Daniel Avila, policy director for marriage and family at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. This is what Avila had to say about the root of homosexuality. “Whenever natural causes disturb otherwise typical biological development, leading to the personally un-chosen beginnings of same-sex attraction, the ultimate responsibility, on a theological level, is and should be imputed to the evil one, not God.” “Scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation...
  • Defending the faith: How Archbishop Dolan is redefining the battle over same sex marriage

    11/03/2011 2:22:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Deseret News ^ | October 29, 2011 | McKay Coppins
    NEW YORK — When Timothy Dolan arrived in New York nearly three years ago to take over the state's Catholic Archdiocese, his "brother bishops" had a bleak warning to deliver."We've got a bruising battle coming up over same-sex marriage," he remembers being told in his first meeting with local clergy. "We are not going to relent, we are going to give it everything we've got. But you need to know that the fortune-tellers are telling us that we ain't gonna win."The Roman Catholic Church had long been at the forefront of the fight over defining marriage in the Empire State,...
  • 2,000 Evangelical, Orthodox Chaplains Join Catholics in Opposing Pentagon Directive on SSM

    10/06/2011 1:11:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    CNS ^ | October 5, 2011 | Pete Winn
    Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. (AP Photo.) (CNSNews.com) A national group representing more than 2,000 military chaplains from evangelical Christian and Orthodox backgrounds said on Wednesday that the Pentagon has launched a direct assault on marriage, and the chaplains they endorse will not be allowed to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies under any circumstances.Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the newly formed Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said his 2,000-plus membership is concerned about a Sept. 30 Pentagon memorandum that authorizes chaplains and military chapel facilities to be used for any private ceremony,...
  • New York clerk faces lawsuit for refusing to sign same-sex marriage license

    09/30/2011 2:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 30, 2011 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    LEDYARD, NY, September 29, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Another town clerk in New York may lose her job for refusing to sign marriage licenses for same sex couples, the New York Times reports. Fifty-seven-year-old Rose Marie Belforti has been the town clerk in the small rural town of Ledyard, New York for ten years. When the state of New York legalized homosexual marriage this past summer, Belforti decided that she could not reconcile signing same-sex marriage licenses with her Christian faith. Instead, she decided to delegate the task to a deputy, who would issue such licenses by appointment. Now, a lesbian...
  • NOM RELEASES "FLASH" SURVEY IN NY-9 - WEPRIN VOTE FOR GAY MARRIAGE COST HIM SEAT IN CONGRESS

    09/14/2011 10:09:27 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 57 replies · 1+ views
    NOM Blog ^ | September 14, 2011 | National Organization for Marriage
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2011 Mary Beth Hutchins or Elizabeth Ray at 703-683-5004 WEPRIN VOTE FOR GAY MARRIAGE COST HIM SEAT IN CONGRESS Washington The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today released a flash survey conducted yesterday among voters of New Yorks 9th Congressional District which demonstrates that David Weprins support of same-sex marriage was a major factor in his loss to Republican Bob Turner. This survey demonstrates what many people have been saying for a long time David Weprins vote in favor of same-sex marriage cost him election to the US House, said Brian Brown, president of...
  • NC House approves bill to put gay marriage amendment on May ballot

    09/13/2011 3:10:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    NBC 17 ^ | September 13, 2011
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina state lawmakers moved closer Monday to giving social conservatives their decade-old wish to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot designed to make clear that marriage is between one man and one woman in the state. Ten House Democrats voted with nearly all Republicans in favoring of putting on May's primary ballot a question that would make marriage the only domestic legal union recognized in this state. The bill passed 75-42 - above the 72 needed for any constitutional change - and is now headed for debate Tuesday in the Senate, where a similar...
  • Bert and Ernie: best buddies in an over-sexualized culture

    08/29/2011 2:41:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 29, 2011 | CHUCK COLSON
    Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street August 29, 2011 (Breakpoint.org) - Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the kids show Sesame Street, announced last week the Bert and Ernie will not be getting married. Bert and Ernie, two of the shows Muppets, are best buddies. They live in the same house and sleep in the same room in separate twin beds. They bicker, they share, they enjoy a bedtime cookie together every night. Theyre such good friends that some assume they must be gay. And one group used an online petition to ask Sesame Street to let the truth...
  • Florida High School removes teacher for criticizing gay marriage on Facebook

    08/19/2011 12:19:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 18, 2011 | John-HENRY WESTEN
    MOUNT DORA, FL, August 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Mount Dora High School has removed a veteran social-studies teacher Gerald (Jerry) Buell from his classroom for Facebook comments critical of homosexual ‘marriage’. Christopher Patton, Communications Officer for Lake County Schools told LifeSiteNews that Buell was moved to administrative duties pending the results of an investigation into a suspected code of ethics violation. On his personal Facebook account, outside of school time, Buell posted a reaction to New York’s passage of homosexual ‘marriage’ saying he “almost threw up.” He also referred to homosexual unions as sinful and referred to it as...
  • Same-sex marriage got free ads (on Time Warner Cable)

    08/16/2011 11:58:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Times Union ^ | August 16, 2011 | JIMMY VIELKIND
    ALBANY -- Time Warner Cable gave advocates of same-sex marriage $70,846 of free airtime this spring, lobbying records show.The communications giant aired ads produced by the Human Rights Campaign as part of its "New Yorkers for Marriage Equality" series during March and May, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed for same-sex marriage in a statewide tour.The ads featured actors such as Whoopi Goldberg and Cynthia Nixon, athletes like Sean Avery and Michael Strahan, and politicians including Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tom DiNapoli and Michael Bloomberg talking about their support of same-sex marriage, and urging viewers to do the same."Join us in...
  • Catholic governor debates archbishop on same-sex marriage

    08/09/2011 3:26:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 9, 2011 | Diogenes
    Maryland Governor Martin OMalley has rejected an appeal from Baltimores Archbishop Edwin OBrien, who urged him not to promote same-sex marriage out of mere political expediency. Responding to a personal letter from the archbishop, OMalleywho is Catholicsaid that he felt a moral obligation to change a law that produces an unjust result. Archbishop OBrien wrote to OMalley in July, warning him not to endorse a measure that so deeply conflicts with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society. In his reply, the governor said that he has a public obligation to try to change that injustice....
  • Two grandmothers wed in New York's first legal gay marriage

    07/24/2011 4:09:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | July 24, 2011
    Two women who are grandmothers became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state of New York, when they took part in a ceremony just after midnight on Saturday. Kitty Lambert, 54, and Cheryle Rudd, 53, were joined by family, friends, supporters and tourists as they married at a Niagara Falls park near the Canada-US border. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster officiated and the water cascade was bright with rainbow-coloured lights. The New York Times reported that, following 12 tolls of a bell to ring in the day, Dyster, said, By the power vested in me by the...
  • N.Y. clerks opposed to gay 'marriage' have lawful options, legal group says

    07/20/2011 12:15:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    BP Press ^ | July 20, 2011 | Whitney Jones
    ALBANY, N.Y. (BP)--With gay "marriage" now legal in New York, Christian town clerks across the state have feared that they must either sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples or refuse and lose their job. But those clerks have another option, says the Alliance Defense Fund. That third choice is to delegate signing the licenses to a deputy clerk or other municipal employee. The law goes into effect Sunday. "It is disturbing that public officials have so blithely dismissed New Yorkers' sincerely held beliefs even though millions of New Yorkers believe that marriage is only between a man and a woman,"...
  • Archbishop speaks out as Catholic Maryland Gov. pushes gay marriage

    07/19/2011 4:50:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 19, 2011 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O'Brien BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The archbishop of Baltimore is warning Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley that he will have a vigorous fight on his hands if he tries to legalize same-sex “marriage.” The governor had announced Friday that he is making gay “marriage” a legislative priority, following the success of gay activists in New York. “Maryland is not New York,” wrote Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore in a statement to LifeSiteNews Tuesday.  “During the 2011 session, Maryland lawmakers chose not to redefine marriage because they listened to their Maryland constituents and stood by their...
  • New York marriage officer quits because of gay marriage

    07/18/2011 1:38:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 16, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    New York marriage officer Rosemary Centi. GUILDERLAND, New York, July 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Another New York town clerk has resigned from her position as official marriage officer rather than preside over ceremonies for homosexual couples against her conscience. Rosemary Centi, a Catholic, cited her religious beliefs as the reason for stepping down when the state’s same-sex “marriage” law takes effect on July 24, reported CBS 6 News. But while she will no longer officiate marriages, a task she performed for ten years, Centi will remain a clerk and will issue licenses to both homosexual and heterosexual couples. Her boss...