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Couples tie knot en masse in Rio’s first same-sex marriages

A total of 130 couples said “I do” in a mass wedding at Rio de Janeiro’s Superior Court of Justice, marking the city’s first gay civil marriages. In mid-May, Brazilian courts determined that public offices that oversee marriages cannot reject gay couples, even though Brazil’s national congress has passed no…

Episcopal priests’ resolution – clergy must decline contracting, blessing civil marriages

I recently received an email from the Reverend Randall J. Keeney, who is an Episcopal priest in Greensboro, NC. Keeney and two retired priests will introduce a resolution at the Episcopal church’s convention in January 2009 that will surely roil the gathering. While it is self-evident to reality-based people that…