VICTORY: Faith-based coalition (including Catholics and black churches) defeat same-sex marriage bill in Maryland!

All the interesting news happens on Fridays, it seems: The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to effectively kill for this year a bill that would have allowed same-sex marriage in the state. The House approved on voice vote a motion to send the bill back to the Judiciary Committee, an acknowledgment by supporters that it did not have sufficient votes to pass on the floor. The bill cleared the S... More

Video: Catholics trying to attend Mass in Chicago harassed by LGBT protest

In the aftermath of the bombshell from Obama on Tuesday that he no longer intends to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, I missed an opportunity to immediately blog about a story that came out earlier that same day. Several weeks ago I wrote that the Gay Liberation Network was planning to host a sidewalk demonstration in front of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago (see my original post for the full ba... More

At the Gates: City of Chicago allows Gay Liberation Network to protest outside Cathedral on St. Valentine’s Day

Yesterday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (a Catholic) signed a civil unions bill into law which gives same-sex couples all the legal privileges that married couples enjoy in that state. CatholicVote President Brian Burch explained a couple months ago how Gov. Quinn strong-armed the legislation through the lame duck session. Local gay activists do not see yesterday’s signing as the end of the... More

Weekend Reading: Much Ado About Marriage

There’s been a lot of news about marriage over the past week and I wanted to summarize as much a I could now that I’ve had a small breather from the week’s busyness. Reading some of the comments to my previous posts, it’s clear there is a great deal of confusion about the Church’s teaching on the meaning of marriage, the need to support it, and why she continues to op... More

Action: Oppose the IL Civil Unions Lameduck Strategy today!

If you live in Illinois (or have friends who do) this is an urgent request to call your state reps and demand they not vote for the civil union bill (SB1716) that some are trying to sneak through the lame duck session. Cardinal George and the entire Catholic Conference of Illinois have issued a letter opposing the bill, noting that “Language in the bill offers little protection in the conte... More
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"Family Day" rally in Rome draws incredible numbers

The AP: A huge crowd of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters rallied in Rome Saturday to tell Italy that they alone should be counted as families, and pressure parliament to reject legislation that would grant new rights to unmarried and same-sex couples. The “Family Day” rally, drawing hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in an unexpectedly strong outpouring, was organized by lay Ca... More

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