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Reuters: “The city of Copenhagen will perform wedding ceremonies for both homosexual and heterosexual couples from all around the world in the days leading up to Denmark’s hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest in May, the municipality said on Thursday.”
Christian Institute: “The Northern Ireland Assembly is to debate redefining marriage at the end of the month, despite the Assembly having twice rejected similar proposals. Four MLAs have tabled a motion for debate, saying the Province needs to be in line with the rest of the UK.”
EurasiaNet: “Gharibashvili’s move is largely meant to appease the most conservative and less EU-versed Georgian voters, who view the European Union as synonymous with gay marriage. Georgian law already defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but Gharibashvili argues that the constitutional ban on gay marriage will help prevent “speculations” about the anti-discrimination law and about EU association in general.”
Global Post: “Mexico City legalized gay marriage in late 2009. Less than a year later, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that the rest of the nation must recognize those marriages. That said, same-sex unions remain illegal in most of Mexico. As in the United States, the federal system here leaves the definition of marriage up to state legislators, or the municipal council in the case of Mexico City’s federal district.”
Austen Ivereigh at Catholic Voices Comment: “What is at stake is that, in order to accommodate one group’s desire to have their love legitimated by the state — a dubious idea in itself — the state has emptied marriage of its essential meaning. It has changed marriage from an understandable, recognizable, conjugal institution, one hallowed by faith and civil society, to an ersatz, hollowed-out arrangement that cannot be called an institution at all. That matters because it makes marriage less interesting, less attractive and less important.”
Alexander Stille in The New Yorker: “Last month, marchers filled the streets of Paris and Lyon to protest same-sex marriage, which became legal in France last year. The day after the demonstrations, François Hollande’s Socialist government announced that it would not be putting forward new legislation to make it easier for gay couples to adopt children or have them with the help of surrogate mothers.”
Associated Press: “The British government has ordered rainbow flags flown over two prominent government buildings to mark the country’s first same-sex weddings.”
RNS: “Christian leaders are appealing to President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a proposed new marriage bill that legalizes polygamy.”
Durham, W. Cole and Smith, Robert Theron and Duncan, William C., A Comparative Analysis of Laws Pertaining to Same-Sex Unions (March 14, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2409282
Religion Clause: “In Britain, the Christian Legal Centre announced today that Jeff and Sue Green, the owners of a guesthouse in Wales, are applying directly to the European Court of Human Rights to obtain a ruling that would allow them to reflect their Christian beliefs by renting double rooms only to married couples.”
Associated Press: “A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could open the door to girls as young as nine getting married and would require wives to submit to sex on their husband’s whim, provoking outrage from rights activists and many Iraqis who see it as a step backward for women’s rights.”
Church Times: “The chapel is a Royal Peculiar, under the care of Westminster Abbey, and one of the few remaining areas of the Palace of Westminster still under royal control. Chris Bryant, the MP who first put forward the idea, suggested that the proposal was personally blocked by the Queen, who visited the chapel in December. ‘She is a very conservative woman,’ he said. As a Church of England chapel, St Mary Undercroft could be used to conduct same-sex marriages only if the General Synod gave its consent to same-sex marriage in the C of E.”
BBC: “Same-sex couples in England and Wales who want to hold weddings on the day gay marriage becomes legal on 29 March can register to do so from Thursday.”
Family Studies: “At the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (IMFC), an Ottawa-based social policy think tank, we wanted to explore the relationship between marriage and income. Census data shows that marriage has declined for decades. We wondered if the decline occurred equally across income levels. Our recent report, The Marriage Gap between Rich and Poor Canadians, offers a big-picture examination of marriage and income.”
Telegraph: “The traditional Christian wedding ceremony should have no legal status under a shake-up of marriage laws, the Justice Minister has said. Couples who want to wed in Church would have to undertake two separate ceremonies in order for their marriage to be recognised by the state, under proposals suggested Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat justice minister.”
York Press: “Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger have been told by the Government they will be formally recognised as a married couple on Thursday under the 2013 Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act.”
Business Standard: “Nigeria has all it takes to resist the pressure to embrace same-sex marriage, the Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values Sarah Jibril said Thursday.”
BBC: “A UK Supreme Court judge has made a strong case in favour of gay marriage. Speaking at Queen’s University, Belfast, he wondered how long Northern Ireland would ‘be able to hold back the tide in favour of same-sex marriages.’”
Catholic News Agency: “‘The people of Italy recognize that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life, especially for children who deserve both a mom and a dad,’ Roger Kiska, senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Feb. 17.”
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a brief with the European Court of Human Rights Friday in defense of Italy’s sovereign right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The court’s Second Section agreed last week to allow Alliance Defending Freedom to intervene as a third party in defense of the country’s marriage laws.
Reuters: “Church of England priests will not be allowed to bless gay and lesbian weddings, or marry someone of the same sex themselves, according to new guidelines issued by the church, which is struggling to heal divides over homosexuality.”
BBC: “A bill which allows same-sex weddings to take place in Scotland has been passed by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. MSPs voted by 105 to 18 in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.”
Reuters: “France’s Socialist government dropped plans on Monday to update family law this year after huge weekend protests by conservatives against gay-friendly reforms they say harm traditional families.”
Washington Post: “With little more than two months to go before Britain’s first same-sex marriage, the College of Bishops issued a statement saying that ‘no change’ to the Church of England’s teaching on marriage is proposed or envisioned. The statement came after an all-day meeting at Church House in central London Monday (Jan. 27) attended by 90 bishops and eight women participant observers.”
The Tico Times: “The four highest polling candidates in Costa Rica’s presidential race have all stated they would expand benefits to gay couples, including property rights, though none have openly supported same-sex marriages.”
BBC: “A Barnsley couple has threatened the government with legal action over the delay in being able to turn their civil partnership into a marriage.”
Wall Street Journal: “A Myanmar politician said this week that he was preparing to seek legal limits on interfaith and interethnic marriage, specifically targeting Chinese and Muslim minority groups and underscoring how ethnic and religious tensions still run deep in the Southeast Asian country.”
BBC: A Church of Scotland minister who said being gay was a disorder and perversion has been removed from a chaplaincy role at the Gaelic School in Glasgow.
The Christian Institute: Parents who believe in traditional marriage are being sidelined by draft sex education guidance, Scotland for Marriage has warned. The pro-marriage group said under the proposals, teaching about marriage will be downgraded in sex education.
TimesofIndia: Premarital sex is “immoral” and against the “tenets of every religion”, a Delhi court has said while holding that every act of sexual intercourse between two adults on the promise of marriage does not become rape.
Christian Institute: MSPs considering a Bill to redefine marriage have voted down protections for public sector workers, charities and people considering adoption. Scotland for Marriage, which supports traditional marriage, said warnings about the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill were being ignored.
The Guardian: The definition of family has changed in recent years, now co-parenting is rewriting it completely. These mothers and fathers have relationships based on legal agreements and counselling rather than dates, romance and sex. But they all have one thing in common: the desire to have a child
Media And Politicians Want To Impose Same-sex “marriage” – But Citizens Fight Back. The Case Of Estonia
Turtle Bay and Beyond: The controversial “Lunacek-Report” was rubberstamped in yesterday’s session of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties and will probably be voted in one of the Parliament’s plenary sessions in January. The support of Socialists, Communists, and Greens for this radical paper is not really surprising (after all these groups are known to have embraced same-sex “marriage”, homosexual adoption, etc. as part of their social agenda) – but with regard to the Conservative and Christian Democrat members of the committee one is tempted to wonder whether they have really understood what they have raised their hands for. The experience with the Estrela-Report should have taught them to be more watchful.
Christian Institute: Several prominent MSPs could lose their seats over their support for same-sex marriage, a campaign group has warned. In ten constituencies, the number of people who are against gay marriage is greater than the MSPs’ respective majorities, according to a list produced by Scotland for Marriage.
Edge on the Net (AP): Bachelet has long supported same-sex marriage and abortion in cases of rape or risk to a woman’s health, but hardly mentioned them during her first presidential race. She spoke out for both this campaign.
Religion Clause Blog: In Commonwealth of Australia v. Australian Capital Territory, (Australia High Ct., Dec. 12, 2013), Australia’s highest court invalidated the Australian Capital Territory’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 as inconsistent with federal law. As summarized by the High Court’s press release . . .
Christian Institute: The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, who has rushed through the Royal Assent for the Same Sex Marriage Bill, claims this historic departure from centuries of tradition is merely “another step in the evolution of marriage”.
“EU Directive Requires Companies To Give Same Benefits to Civil Partners Where Same-Sex Marriage Is Unavailable” | Religion Clause Blog
Religion Clause Blog: In Hay v. Crédit agricole mutuel de Charente-Maritime et des Deux-Sèvres, (Eur. Ct. Jus. 5th Chamber, Dec. 12, 2013), the 5th Chamber of the European Court of Justice . . . Art Leonard Observations has analysis of the decision. [Thanks to Alliance Alert for the lead.]
Art Leonard Observations: Responding to a request from a French court for an interpretation of European law, the 5th Chamber of the European Court of Justice ruled today, December 12, that an employee of a French bank who requested leave and a marriage bonus under the employer’s policy on the occasion of his entering into a pact civil (the French equivalent of a civil union) with his same-sex partner in 2007 had suffered direct discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by the employer’s denial of the benefit under Article 2(2) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC, which implements the obligation for Member States to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in employment. The unanimous decision in Hay v. Credit agricole, Case C-267/12 . . .
The Telegraph: Baroness Warsi has raised concerns over whether legal provisions to protect churches from being sued for opting out of gay marriage are strong enough
AP: Less than two weeks after Croatians voted to ban gay marriage, their government has proposed granting same-sex couples new legal rights.
BBC: Australia’s High Court has overturned legislation allowing gay marriage in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Christian Institute: A senior High Court judge has defended his view that couples should ‘seriously consider’ marriage if they are to have children. In a piece for the Daily Mail, Sir Paul Coleridge said “Far from being old-fashioned, marriage is an engine for social progress, the most effective structure ever invented for nurturing children and building social solidarity.”
Christian Institute: The Methodist Church is consulting its 250,000-plus members on whether it should “revise” its understanding of marriage in light of the new gay marriage law.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: Once again we see that the case for same-sex “marriage” cannot survive in a free and frank discussion. The first objective of the homosexual agitprop is always to curtail public debate and to silence their opponents, be it by gagging orders or, as we have seen in some other cases, through physical violence.
Telegraph: Sir Paul Coleridge, the High Court judge who set up the Marriage Foundation, discloses he decided to step down from the bench because of opposition to his stance on marriage.
Christian Institute: A “key reason” for the Tories losing support to UKIP is the Conservatives’ “modernising agenda” on issues like gay marriage, The Sunday Telegraph has said.
Christian Institute: Evangelical group – Forward Together – has criticised the Scottish Parliament’s decision to back same-sex marriage saying they are unconvinced that Holyrood can protect those who have conscientious objections to the redefinition.
LifeNews: The Obama administration has offended the Catholic Church before by putting in place ambassadors who support abortion and flout the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church. Now, President Barack Obama is taking this further and launching what could be the first step in pushing the United Nations to remove the Holy See’s official status at the UN.
Turtle Bay and Beyond: On 1 December, a referendum will be held in the Republic of Croatia, giving the citizens the opportunity to decide whether an amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman will be added to the country’s constitution.
Christian Institute: The Scottish Parliament will be ignoring public opinion if it votes for gay marriage tonight, an MSP has .
Scotsman: The historic vote means same-sex marriage could be legalised in Scotland by March 2014, if the bill passes two more parliamentary stages and receives Royal Assent, as is now expected.
Christian Institute: Roman Catholic bishops in England and Wales have discussed whether to stop performing the legal part of wedding ceremonies because of gay marriage legislation, according to media reports.Earlier this week, an article for Roman Catholic newspaper The Tablet said the bishops were set to consider a new system in response to the redefinition of marriage.
Religion Clause Blog: In Vallianatos and Others v. Greece, (ECHR, Nov. 7, 2013), the European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) held, by a vote of 16-1, that a Greek civil union law which is limited to heterosexual couples violates The European Convention on Human Rights.
AP: Croatia moved Friday to hold a referendum on whether to allow gay marriages, but critics say the vote is discriminatory and gay rights groups are challenging its wording as biased and unconstitutional.
European Court of Human Rights press release: The applicants complain that this Law provides for civil unions only for different-sex couples, thus automatically excluding same-sex couples from its scope of application. They complain that the Greek State introduced a discriminatory distinction in their regard.
Catholic Culture: The Irish government plans a nationwide referendum on legal recognition of same-sex marriage. The vote will be scheduled early in 2015.
The Guardian: Chief justice says states will be interested whether the Commonwealth has sole powers to regulate marriage
Haaretz: There are three bills on Knesset members’ desks that aim to extend the eligibility for civil unions beyond couples who claim to have no religion. Two of them are egalitarian proposals, giving the civil union option to any interested couple: the civil union bill initiated by Yesh Atid, and the proposal the Justice Ministry issued Sunday called the “Joint Living Law.” A third proposal would allow civil unions only for gays, while other voices within the coalition and outside it would specifically exclude same-sex couples from eligibility for civil unions. These last two approaches are unacceptable
Malta Independent: Prospective heterosexual parents who were anxiously awaiting their adoptive children to arrive to their new Maltese homes from Russia were shocked when they were informed that all adoptions from Russia have been put on hold pending the Maltese Parliament’s decision to legalise same-sex ‘marriage’.
Christian Institute: Conflicting reports have emerged about whether a Church of England commission is about to recommend services of blessing for same-sex couples. The Church says no formal decision has yet been taken, but sources within the Church say the commission’s recommendation is expected later this year.
Catholic Culture: Ireland’s deputy prime minister (Tánaiste) Eamon Gilmore had indicated that he anticipates a nationwide referendum on the legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Robert Oscar Lopez at Public Discourse: While US conservatives are distracted by internal debates, the wealthy and powerful international movement for LGBT rights is aggressively targeting nations that are poorer and less powerful.
Christian Institute: David Cameron turned down a gay magazine’s award ceremony because he knows his push to redefine marriage is unpopular, a columnist has said.
AP: Provincial lawmakers for the territory that includes Australia’s capital voted Tuesday to allow same-sex marriage, a first for the country, but the federal government says it will try to stop gay weddings from happening.
9News: ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says people around the country will be watching as the territory considers historic legislation to legalise gay marriage.
AP: France’s constitutional court has ruled that mayors cannot refuse to carry out same-sex marriages just because they oppose them.
Christian Institute: Emails from over 4,000 opponents of the Bill were blocked from getting through to the consultation process by the Scottish Government’s computer system. A top lawyer says a flawed consultation could be unlawful, and a court could order the legislative process to start again.
Sosogay.co.uk: “A Finnish woman has today taken her fight to get her marriage recognised following her gender reassignment to the European Court of Human Rights.”
Independent: The proportion of babies born to married couples has reached a new low, making up just over half the total number of births last year.
UPI: A French court overturned an earlier ruling Friday that denied marriage between a gay Moroccan man and his French partner, citing contradictions in the law.
Bloomberg: The Australian government will mount a High Court challenge against a bid to legalize same-sex marriage in a territory that encompasses the capital Canberra, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
Interfax: “Policies are pursued that put large families and same-sex partnerships in the same category, belief in God and belief in Satan. Excesses of political correctness reach the point where there are serious discussions on the registration of parties that have propaganda of pedophilia as their objective. People in many European countries are ashamed and afraid of speaking about their religion, holidays are abolished or given other names, names that shyly conceal the nature of those holidays, and aggressive attempts are made to force this model on the rest of the world,” Putin said.
A Married Mom and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada | Mark Regnerus at Public Discourse
Mark Regnerus at Public Discourse: A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.