(RNS) New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Catholic Church needs to do a better job on not demonizing gays and lesbians, and a gay Catholic leader calls it an “Easter miracle.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Amidst all the usual arguments for and against gay marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to be grasping for a way to sidestep an up-or-down decision on a divisive social issue.
Crowd gathers outside the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2013. Throngs of supporters and opponents gathered outside the high court this week as it considered cases about same-sex marriage.
(RNS) Disparaged as bigots, these diverse conservative voices who oppose same-sex marriage say they’re simply defending American society.
(RNS) “The overriding message of love and compassion that I take from the Bible, and certainly the Golden Rule, and the fact that I believe we are all created by our maker, that has all influenced me” in now supporting gay marriage, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Former President Bill Clinton says the U.S. Supreme Court should strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed in 1996 during a “very different time.”
(WASHINGTON) The Obama administration came out forcefully Thursday against California’s ban on same-sex marriage and, by extension, implicated similar bans in 37 other states.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Foes of same-sex marriage are warning the Supreme Court that lifting state or federal restrictions would threaten their own economic and religious freedoms and lead to social and political upheaval.
EREAC, France (RNS) Elie Geffray straddles both sides of a bitter French divide over gay marriage. As a retired Catholic priest, he will bow to a church that adamantly opposes same-sex unions. But as a small village mayor, he’s also willing to marry gay couples in civil ceremonies.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A top Vatican official blamed the media for “derailing” his recent remarks on possible legal protections for unmarried couples, while reaffirming his support for British and French bishops who have been vocal opponents of same-sex marriage.