Marriage (Yet Again)
Bible's message is misinterpreted by clergy opposed to same-sex marriage: Messages of Faith
Published: Friday, June 08, 2012, 8:00 PM
Maybe President Barack Obama's motivation for "coming out" and affirming his support for same-sex marriage was politically calculated. Perhaps the president's statement, as hard as it may be to imagine, had nothing to do with politics. Maybe the president's statement supporting an opportunity for a lesbian or gay couple to enter into a legally recognized, binding, civil, marriage covenant and contract was an expression of his true conviction.
Saturday, Jun 09 2012 10:01 PM
Having announced his support for gay marriage last month, President Obama now faces the wrath of people who quote the Bible in opposition.
They have reason to be worried. A growing plurality of Americans accepts gay unions, and approval is strongest among the young. So, changes in law are probably inevitable.
Hundreds of Iowa Methodists protest church stand on gays
Campus minister anticipates future day 'when all of the church will be inclusive.'
11:55 PM, Jun. 4, 2012 |
Hundreds of Iowa Methodists signed protest documents at their annual conference Sunday declaring they are prepared to buck the leadership of their church on matters concerning gays and gay marriage.
A group called Do No Harm Iowa has gathered as many as 500 signatures — including those of about 70 pastors — in response to the most recent meeting of the United Methodist Churches’ global conference of leaders. A vote at that meeting, which is held every four years, determined the church’s book of doctrine and rules would continue to call the practice of homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
Conservative Jews Approve Gay Wedding Guidelines
by Rachel Zoll
Monday Jun 4, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) - The Conservative branch of American Judaism has formally approved same-sex marriage ceremonies, nearly six years after lifting a ban on ordaining gays and lesbians.
Gay Marriage Ban Backers Look to US Supreme Court
by Lisa Leff
Tuesday Jun 5, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban said Tuesday they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a landmark appellate court ruling that struck down the law as unconstitutional.
Alliance Defense Fund lawyer Brian Raum said Proposition 8 backers "absolutely" would take the case to the high court now that it has run its course at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
June 5, 2012
A federal appeals court in San Francisco says it will not reconsider an earlier ruling that California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
That means, as our colleagues at KQED's News Fix blog report, that "Prop 8 supporters will almost certainly ask the United States Supreme Court to hear the case."
Referendum Means No Same-Sex Marriage in Washington State - Yet
by Mike Baker
Wednesday Jun 6, 2012
Washington’s gay marriage law was blocked from taking effect Wednesday as opponents filed more than 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue in November.
Preserve Marriage Washington submitted the signatures just a day before the state was to begin allowing same-sex marriages. State officials will review the filings over the next week to determine whether the proposed Referendum 74 will qualify for a public vote, though the numbers suggest the measure will make the ballot easily.
NY Judge: DOMA is Unconstitutional
by Larry Neumeister
Thursday Jun 7, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge in Manhattan joined a growing chorus of judges across the country Wednesday by striking down a key component of a federal law denying benefits to partners in a gay marriage.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones said the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s efforts to define marriage "intrude upon the states’ business of regulating domestic relations."
Church of England Objects to Gay Marriage Plan
by Robert Barr
Tuesday Jun 12, 2012
LONDON (AP) - The Church of England and Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales formally objected Tuesday to the government’s proposal to permit gay marriages, both asserting that their historic understanding is that marriage is the union of a woman and a man.
Prime Minister David Cameron is backing a proposal to permit civil marriages for gay couples, despite the strong opposition of some lawmakers in his Conservative Party. Gay couples are already allowed to have civil partnerships, with the first such ceremony in 2005.
Wash. Gay Marriage Referendum Qualifies for Ballot
Wednesday Jun 13, 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A referendum on gay marriage in Washington state has qualified for the ballot.
The secretary of state’s office announced Tuesday that Referendum 74 passed the signature-verification process that has been taking place since last week.