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Archbishops Call Gay Marriage a 'Serious Injustice', Warn Catholics Against Attending Same-Sex Weddings

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, published a response on Friday to Rhode Island's passage of marriage equality last week calling it "a serious injustice" and claiming that laws meaning nothing when it comes down to the union's meaning:

Cordileone"The meaning of marriage cannot be redefined, because its meaning lies in our very nature. Therefore, regardless of what law is enacted, marriage remains the union of one man and one woman – by the very design of nature, it cannot be otherwise. Marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to any child conceived of their union. While those making great sacrifices to raise their children in less than ideal circumstances need and deserve our love and support, we cannot claim to have a just society if we do not look out for the most vulnerable among us: children. That means preserving in the law the principle that every child deserves a mother and father united in marriage. That means supporting in our institutions and in our culture the true and unique meaning of marriage."

TobinThe letter follows one from Rhode Island Archbishop Thomas Tobin, who told Catholics to think twice before attending same-sex weddings:

Our respect and pastoral care, however, does not mean that we are free to endorse or ignore immoral or destructive behavior, whenever or however it occurs. Indeed, as St. Paul urges us, we are required to “speak the truth in love.” (Eph 4:15)

At this moment of cultural change, it is important to affirm the teaching of the Church, based on God’s word, that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2357) and always sinful. And because “same-sex marriages” are clearly contrary to God’s plan for the human family, and therefore objectively sinful, Catholics should examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies, realizing that to do so might harm their relationship with God and cause significant scandal to others.


R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee on His State and the Federal March to Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Shortly after signing Rhode Island's marriage equality bill into law, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss his state's vote and the federal march toward marriage equality. Melissa Harris-Perry was filling in for Rachel.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rhode Island Becomes 10th State to Pass Marriage Equality: VIDEOS

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Highlights of today's final vote and signing of Rhode Island's marriage equality bill from the Providence Journal and WPRI, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee on Why Signing Marriage Equality into Law Today Will Be So Gratifying

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee will sign the marriage equality bill today at 5:45 on the steps of the State House after the House makes its procedural vote on the bill.

ChafeeChafee writes in the NY Times about why it will be so gratifying for him:

When I first defended gay marriage in 2004, as a Republican United States senator, most of my party colleagues were extreme in their opposition. In fact, to draw a line in the sand, they scheduled a vote on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in June 2006 — just before the height of a campaign season.

In the end, only six Republican senators joined me in opposing the amendment: Susan Collins, Judd Gregg, John McCain, Olympia Snowe, Arlen Specter and John E. Sununu. Of those, only Mr. McCain and Ms. Collins remain in the Senate. Even many of those Republicans opposing a constitutional ban avoided taking a position on gay marriage by saying it was an issue best left to the states. But I went further and announced my support for full marriage equality.

I was one of only four members of the entire Senate to take that stand, along with Senators Ron Wyden, Edward M. Kennedy and Russell Feingold — three of the most socially liberal members of the chamber at the time. Hardly common company for a Republican.

As it turned out, I did lose office in 2006, as part of the general rejection of Republican leadership that year. But I was elected governor as an independent in 2010, and I was proud to see that my stand on gay marriage stood up well over the years...

Read his full piece (much more) here.


Rhode Island Governor to Sign Marriage Equality Thursday After Final (Procedural) House Vote

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Rhode Island's marriage equality law will be signed on Thursday afternoon on the south steps of the State House, Governor Lincoln Chafee announced yesterday.

RiThe bill must go through one more largely procedural vote in the House, the AP reports:

The outcome of Thursday's House vote is not in doubt, as the House overwhelmingly passed an earlier version of the bill in January. The Senate passed the bill by a comfortable margin last week, but it had to return to the House because of small changes made in the Senate.

Soon, all of New England will have marriage equality as Rhode Island becomes the 10th state in the union to embrace it.

Watch a video from Chafee's swearing in in January 2011 in which he calls on lawmakers to introduce and pass a marriage equality bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

It's finally here.

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Full Rhode Island Senate Republican Caucus Announces Support for Marriage Equality

As I reported earlier, the Rhode Island Senate Judiciary Committee is set to consider a marriage equality bill today.

RiRhode Island United for Marriage reports that Senate Republicans are all on board:

It's a big day in Rhode Island, and we're excited to kick it off with some really exciting news for our campaign! This morning, the Senate Republican Caucus - including Senators Dennis Algiere, David Bates, Dawson Hodgson, Nicholas Kettle, Chris Ottiano - released a statement announcing unanimous support for S38, the bill that will extend marriage to loving same-sex couples:

We support Senate Bill 38 because it rightfully extends the civil aspects of marriage to all Rhode Islanders while protecting the freedom of religion our state was founded upon.  Gay and lesbian couples deserve to be treated equally under the law, and at the same time churches, synagogues and mosques in our state must be free to exercise their faith and their sacraments as they see fit.  This bill strikes the right balance and should be passed by the Senate.

Said RI4M campaign director Ray Sullivan:

“We are proud and humbled to have earned the support of the entire Senate Republican caucus for Senator Nesselbush’s legislation. We applaud their courage and their conviction in standing up for all loving, committed couples and their freedom to marry. That this is the first legislative caucus of either party to unanimously support marriage equality is a testament to the bravery and strength of character of these five senators. We thank them for their support, and look forward to their voting in favor of S38.” 


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