Marriage and the Family

New York Approves Same-Sex Marriage Law

June 27, 2011 New York became the the sixth and largest state in the country to legalize gay marriage, and the third to do so through legislation rather than a court decision.  In a statement, the state’s Catholic bishops decried the Legislature’s decision, saying “Our society must regain what it appears to have lost – …

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Obama Administration Will No Longer Defend DOMA

February 24, 2011 The Obama Administration has announced that it will no longer defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  Anthony Picarello, Jr., General Counsel of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement: “Marriage has been understood for millennia and across cultures as the union of one man and one woman.  …

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Manhattan Approves Sexual Orientation Ordinance

February 9, 2011 The Manhattan City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of a new ordinance advertised as protecting individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and “gender identity,” but that in fact presents a grave threat to religious liberty.  The Attorney for the Diocese of Salina had previously testified against the proposal because …

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Manhattan City Commission Votes Against Religious Liberty

December 10, 2010 The Manhattan City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of a new ordinance advertised as protecting individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and “gender identity,” but that in fact presents a grave threat to religious liberty.  The Diocesan Attorney for the Catholic Diocese of Salina testified that the proposed ordinance …

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Ninth Circuit Issues Emergency Stay of Proposition 8 Ruling

August 18, 2010 The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has put on hold US District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling earlier this month that would have opened the door to same-sex marriage in California this week.  The Ninth Circuit will now review the case, which will almost certainly end up in the US Supreme Court.  …

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Federal Court Rules Against Traditional Marriage

August 5, 2010 Catholic bishops across the country have begun voicing their objections to the federal court ruling overturning Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  As the decision applies only to California, it does not affect Kansas’ marriage amendment, nor does it affect federal …

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