The same sad but tired story of same-sex couples trying to force the faithful to accept their lifestyle choices is playing out once again, this time with a Christian-owned bridal shop in Pennsylvania that refused to sell bridal gowns to a same-sex couple.
A district court judge in Illinois has ruled in favor of the Archdiocese of Chicago in a lawsuit brought against the church by a homosexual man who was fired from his position as music director in a parish after he publicly announced his engagement to a man.
Just 12 days from now, the country of Ireland will vote on the issue of same-sex marriage and the faithful in that nation are pleading with the world – and people of all faiths – to join them in praying that this immorality will not be imposed upon their nation.
Supported by thousands of well-wishes, the owners of a pizza parlor in the tiny town of Walkerton, Indiana have decided to open after a firestorm of hate-mail and death threats erupted over their refusal to service same-sex weddings.
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
The state of Alabama may soon become ground zero in the national marriage fight as the Alabama Supreme Court issues an historic ruling that not only restores the ban on same-sex marriage in that state – but also systematically eviscerates the national argument in favor of homosexual unions.
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court intervened to allow same-sex couples in Alabama to marry in spite of a voter approved ban on the practice, the state’s chief justice ordered all state judges to refuse to do so – and most of them are complying!
Shortly after a judge opened the doors to same-sex marriage in Florida, Miami’s Archbishop Thomas Wenski issued a letter to the more than 8,000 diocesan employees warning them not to publicly support the unions or risk losing their jobs.
In a decision that shocked court-watchers and delighted same-sex marriage advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review lower court rulings arising from challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage which will clear the way for same-sex marriages in at least five more states.
A federal judge in Louisiana has upheld the state’s constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, saying that citizens and their elected officials should define marriage, not the court system.
Veteran Supreme Court reporter Richard Wolf says there’s an Achilles heel in recent federal appeals court decisions in favor of same-sex marriage – most were not unanimous and the dissenting judges waged excellent arguments that will most certainly be considered when these cases reach the nation’s highest court.