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Catholics intensify campaign against same sex marriage

LONDON — The Roman Catholic Church stepped up its campaign against civil gay marriage, with a letter from two senior archbishops being read out at services in 2,500 churches on Sunday. The letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and Archbishop Peter…

Pope condemns same sex marriage in speech to U.S. bishops

Pope Benedict XVI condemned gay marriage on Friday in a speech to bishops from the United States after the US state of Maryland last week became the eighth in the nation to legalise same-sex unions. “Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage,” the pope said,…

Britain’s top Catholic attacks same sex marriage plans

LONDON — Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric on Sunday attacked the government’s plan to permit civil gay marriage, calling it “madness” and a “grotesque subversion”. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, added his voice to religious opposition to the proposals, ahead of the launch this…

Delaware governor says same sex marriage is ‘inevitable’ in his state

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Gay marriage in Delaware is inevitable, the state’s Governor Jack Markell said on Friday, a day after neighboring Maryland became the eighth state to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. In an interview with Reuters Insider TV, Markell, a Democrat, said he expects that Delaware will take…

Maryland Senate committee approves same sex marriage bill

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) – A Maryland Senate committee approved a gay marriage bill on Tuesday, sending the issue to the full Senate and moving Maryland closer to becoming the eighth state to legalize same-sex nuptials. The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7 to 4 in favor of the bill –…

Same-sex marriage push in Australia

Two bills calling for the legalisation of gay marriage were introduced to Australia’s parliament on Monday in a move campaigners said would add momentum to the push for equality. The private member’s bills, introduced by left-leaning Greens lawmaker Adam Bandt and Stephen Jones from the ruling Labor party, take to…

Civil unions criticized ahead of NJ marriage vote

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the fall of 2010, John Grant was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with a shattered skull after being hit by a car in New York City. Grant’s partner, Daniel Weiss, arrived at the hospital minutes later, frantic for an update on Grant’s condition. But when Weiss…

O’Reilly: More ‘bigotry against pro-life people than gay people’

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly declared Monday evening that hatred for pro-life advocates is stronger in America than for gay people. In a discussion about social issues, regular O’Reilly guest Bernie Goldberg condemned “the bigotry on the right” for attacking Ellen DeGeneres’ and the LGBT community. “Reasonable people may disagree on…

Pope: Same sex marriage a threat to humanity’s future

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined “the future of humanity itself.” The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the…

Santorum says he would love gay son equally

CONCORD, New Hampshire — US Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative who fiercely opposes same-sex marriage, said Sunday he would love his son just as much if he were gay. Santorum, who has been strongly criticized for anti-gay remarks in the past, came under pressure to flesh out…

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