same-sex marriage

Supreme Court agrees to take up same-sex marriage cases this term

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Jan. 16 to hear four cases over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, tackling the questions of whether the 14th Amendment requires states to allow such marriages and whether it requires them to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.

Sanction of same-sex marriages prompts strong reactions

A city named after the Roman Catholic Church's only canonized king of France has sanctioned same-sex marriages, which are contrary to the Church's teachings as well as to the constitution of its state.

Four couples were issued marriage certificates June 25 after exchanging vows in the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis C. Slay. Municipal Judge Joseph Murphy conducted the civil ceremonies of a female couple and three male couples. Slay took cellphone photos of the couples, according to an account on — the website of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Mo. bishops issue statement against same-sex marriage decision

Missouri's bishops have issued a statement expressing their disappointment in Gov. Jay Nixon's announcement that same-sex couples married in other states can file joint tax returns in Missouri. The governor made the announcement Nov. 14.

The statement from the bishops, released Nov. 15, noted that Nixon has ignored Missouri's constitutional provision defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

THE CATHOLIC DIFFERENCE | Continuing to fight for marriage

George Weigel

Responses from right-minded marriage proponents to the Supreme Court's June 26 decisions in two cases involving the (re)definition of marriage seemed to come in three waves.

Fortnight for Freedom Mass makes note of critical need for religious freedom

On the eve of Independence Day, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis put aside their holiday planning to pray for the protection of the thing the Fourth of July celebrates — freedom.

Bishops say full effect of 'redefining marriage' will be felt for years

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The "full social and legal effects" of state lawmakers' decision to legalize same-sex marriage "will begin to manifest themselves in the years ahead," said the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

"Today the Minnesota Senate voted to redefine marriage in Minnesota. The outcome, though expected, is no less disappointing," the conference said in a statement.

The state Senate in a 37-30 vote gave final approval May 13 to a same-sex marriage bill. The state House passed the measure May 9. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed it May 14.

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