Catholic Cardinal Francis George suggested gay couples seeking to marry are friends not like heterosexual couples who wed, form unions, have families and build their lives together.
The cardinal, in Chicago at a special Mass for 400 couples celebrating their golden 50th wedding anniversaries, said, “Marriage is what it is, what Jesus said from the beginning: Two in one flesh, for which man leaves his family and joins himself to his wife; and wife leaves her family, and joins herself to her husband.”
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a conference on Sept. 24 (today), is expected to decide whether to hear arguments in the landmark battle over marriage equality in California, as well as challenges to a federal anti-gay marriage law.
The California battle is over Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment passed by a majority of voters in the state’s November 2008 election. The amendment defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman and bars same-sex marriage.
Kevin McClatchy, who was owner and CEO of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1996 to 2007, came out to The New York Times in an op-ed that will appear in tomorrow’s edition.
The newspaper chain heir said he’d remained closeted due to the overwhelming homophobia in the baseball world.
With four justices in their seventies, odds are good that whoever is elected president in November will have a chance to fill at least one Supreme Court seat. The next justice could dramatically alter the direction of a court closely divided between conservatives and liberals. One new face on the bench could mean a sea change in how millions get health care, shape the rights of gay Americans and much more.
The Emmy Awards refused to play it predictably Sunday, with awards going to Damian Lewis and Claire Danes of “Homeland” and Jon Cryer of “Two and a Half Men” and Jimmy Kimmel proving a game but uneven host.
Lewis’ win denied Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” wins his fourth Emmy Award as lead actor in a drama and made “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm an also-ran once more.
Ahead of the November elections, the Family Research Council’s Citizenlink has released its scorecard for the 112th Congress. The scorecard tallies the percentage of votes cast by individual members of Congress that concurred with the right-wing hate group’s position.
Those positions included support for bills to: repeal health care reform, which extends care to millions who are currently uninsured; to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides cancer screening and other critical heath services to women who could not otherwise afford it; ban a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy; and prevent equal treatment for LGBT military personnel.
The National Organization for Marriage is pumping money into the campaign that opposes Maine’s November ballot question seeking to legalize same-sex marriage.
The Washington, D.C.-based group transferred $250,000 to the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, which is spearheading the campaign against the ballot initiative, said campaign manager Frank Schubert.
If a referendum took place today, younger voters would be the most likely to vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain.
The proportion of people in Britain who are in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in their country has increased since earlier this year, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.
A new poll in Florida finds Barack Obama at 50 percent. Mitt Romney is at 46 percent, but his popularity in the state has plummeted 9 points since the Labor Day weekend.
The poll from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling shows Obama improving in the Sunshine State race by gaining 3 points this month. The last poll was conducted just after the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
ABC/Univision claims to have solved the mystery of the bright orange tan that Mitt Romney sported during an appearance on Univision, the Spanish language network. Liberal bloggers had accused Romney of darkening his skin to appear more appealing to Latino voters.
Univision, which spoke to the cosmetologist who prepared the GOP presidential nominee for the interview, determined that Romney had not deliberately darkened his skin.
Developers plan to break ground next month on a $20 million affordable housing project for elderly gays now that it has received the necessary state, federal and local approvals and funding has been secured, officials said this week.
The project, planned for a section of Philadelphia’s downtown affectionately known as the Gayborhood, had long been stalled before receiving tax credits earlier this year from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
The Broward County, Fla., School Board has unanimously voted to officially recognize October as LGBT History Month.
The vote was this week and followed comments from officeholders and citizens, including the captain of a high school football team, 18-year-old Leo Washington, who offered an emotional defense of the program.