While the Vatican claims it does not yet affect Catholic churches, a new law passed by the Danish parliament will force all churches to conduct gay marriages on their premises; priests can refuse to conduct the ceremonies, but they cannot stop them from taking place in their sanctuaries.
As more and more states rush to legalize same-sex marriage, concerned citizens in Oregon who fear being forced into providing services for unions that violate their religious beliefs are pushing for the passage of a new “opt out” law that will protect their rights to disagree without fear of being sued for discrimination.
A decision handed down on Friday by the New Jersey Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that would allow homosexuals to marry beginning today has opened the door for same-sex marriage in that state.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first member of the nation’s highest court to officiate at a same-sex wedding when she agreed to marry two close friends on Saturday.
It has been less than a month since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act and gay activists are already heading to court to challenge traditional marriage laws in several states.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is calling yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 a “tragic day for marriage and our nation.”
Jean-Michel Colo, the mayor of the town of Arcangues in France, is taking an heroic stand against the new and highly unpopular homosexual marriage law in his county by refusing to marry a same-sex couple in his jurisdiction, an action that could cost him his freedom.
In spite of last-minute efforts by President Barack Obama to get support for same-sex marriage, lawmakers in his home state of Illinois failed to garner enough support to bring the matter to a vote during this session.
The state of Delaware passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage last week, making it the 11th state in the U.S. to give legal recognition to homosexual marriage.