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    Jan 16, 2013

      National Cathedral to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

      by Brett Zongker

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Jan 9, 2013


      The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages.





      US: Florida Senate to consider gay ‘domestic partnership’ bill

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      10 January 2013, 12:40am


      A bill which would allow gay couples to enter into “domestic partnerships,” with a view to extending some marital rights to same-sex couples, was filed in the Florida Senate on Wednesday.





      Bishop supports Illinois same-sex bill

      by Heather Hahn

      A UMNS Report

      By Heather Hahn*


      United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck speaks about the importance of “holy conversation” about contentious issues facing The United Methodist Church during its pre-General Conference news briefing in January 2012 at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.


      “I believe in the institution of marriage as the source of emotional and legal stability and security for families and communities,” wrote Dyck, whose area encompasses the Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference.





      More House Republicans Support DOMA Repeal

      by Sergio N. Candido

      South Florida Gay News

      Friday Jan 11, 2013


      Another Republican joins the ranks of those supporting a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

      Rep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire has just become the second House Republican within the last week to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that will be reintroduced in the House next year, according to the Advocate.





      Ill. GOP Chair Reiterates Support for Same-Sex Marriage

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Friday Jan 11, 2013


      The chairman of Illinois’ Republican Party has been under fire from fellow GOPers after he announced he supports marriage equality and urged the state’s conservative lawmakers to do the same. The surprising revelation has some calling for his resignation, Illinois radio station WBEZ 91.5 reports.





      Poll: Strong support across Europe for equal marriage and adoption – but France divided

      by Scott Roberts
      11 January 2013, 12:52pm


      A majority of people in several European countries believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to get married and adopt children, but in France the public is divided, according to YouGov.





      Vatican Steps Up Anti Same-Sex Marriage Rhetoric

      by Nicole Winfield

      Associated Press

      Sunday Jan 13, 2013


      The Vatican is pressing its opposition to gay marriage, insisting Saturday that children should grow up with a father and a mother after Italy’s high court upheld a lower court ruling and granted custody of a child to his gay mother.

      In its decision Friday, the Court of Cassation said there was no "scientific certainty or experience-based data" to support the father’s claims that the child’s development was being damaged by living with his mother and her female partner. Such an argument was "mere prejudice," the court said.





      Church of England considering in-church blessings for ‘celibate’ gay couples

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      14 January 2013, 1:40pm


      Reports have suggested that the Church of England plans to consider allowing gay couples to have their civil partnerships blessed in churches.





      Monday, January 14, 2013 Social Issues

      Wendell Berry expounds on gay marriage


      A Kentucky farmer, essayist, writer and activist, sometimes described as a modern-day Thoreau, criticizes theological strategies used to marginalize gays.


      By Bob Allen


      Christian opponents to same-sex marriage want the government to treat homosexuals as a special category of persons subject to discrimination, similar to the way that African-Americans and women were categorized in the past, cultural and economic critic Wendell Berry told Baptist ministers in Kentucky Jan. 11.




      New Coalition to Push for Gay Marriage in RI

      Associated Press

      Monday Jan 14, 2013





      Survey: Three in five people in Wales support equal marriage

      by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
      14 January 2013, 7:18pm


      A major poll conducted by YouGov for Stonewall Cymru has revealed that three in five people in Wales support government plans to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples.





      Leading UK evangelist: The bible is inclusive and gay relationships are not sinful

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      15 January 2013, 1:49pm


      Steve Chalke said he had reevaluated his biblical interpretation of homosexuality (Image: Twitter)

      A leading evangelical has softened his views on homosexuality, questioning whether Christians could create a “nurturing” and “supportive” environment for gay people.





      US: Activists apply for unattainable marriage licenses in Southern states to push for equality

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      15 January 2013, 5:58am


      Gay couples in two North Carolina cities lined up at government counters to ask for marriage licenses they knew would be denied, in an effort to push the US South towards marriage equality, despite opposition being strong.





      Smallest State is Big Battleground on Gay Marriage

      by David Klepper

      Associated Press

      Tuesday Jan 15, 2013


      Supporters of same-sex marriage rights plan to assemble at the Rhode Island Statehouse to urge lawmakers to make the smallest state the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed - and the last to do so in New England.


      House Speaker Gordon Fox has called a vote on gay marriage legislation in his chamber by month’s end, making Rhode Island the latest state to address an issue whose supporters see things swinging their way after last November’s election.





      Rhode Island State House prepares for equal marraige vote

      by Corinne Pinfold
      15 January 2013, 7:16pm


      The diminutive American state of Rhode Island is set to stage a debate on whether to legalise equal marriage for same-sex couples, with a vote to be held by the House of Representatives later this month.





      Video: Hundreds protest against Rhode Island hearings on equal marriage

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      16 January 2013, 3:56pm


      As Rhode Island held hearings on whether to legalise equal marriage for same-sex couples, hundreds of demonstrators turned out to protest against the potential change at hearings.



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