Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Democrat from Pennsylvania had previously favored civil unions.
Sen. Robert Casey Jr. (D-PA) announced Monday he supports same-sex marriage, an issue that has dominated political debate recently as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the legality of allowing or banning it. The senator previously supported civil unions but had stopped short of backing legal marriages. He cited feedback from gay constituents as part of the reason his position has changed. Casey's full statement reads: When the Respect for Marriage Act (the legislation that repeals the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA]) was first introduced and debated in the Senate in 2011, I began to focus on the issue of same-sex marriage much more intensely than I had before. As a candidate for the Senate in 2006 and 2012, and as a Senator, I have supported…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The case for and against same-sex marriage is being argued in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing argument this week over the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage. State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) is calling on the court to strike down the voter approved proposition. “Denying same sex couples the right to marry is reminiscent of the days of the original fight for civil rights, a fight that was eventually won,” Leach said in a press release. “I believe that it is only a matter of time until the United States ends this modern-day discrimination. Soon we will look back on this day and wonder why marriage equality was ever an issue. I urge the Court today to stay on the right side of history with its decision.” Leach has introduced a marriage equality bill in …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI was scheduled to visit Southeastern PA in 2015.
In a surprise overnight (Eastern Standard Time) announcement Pope Benedict XVI says he will resign on Feb. 28. It is the first time a Roman Catholic Pope has resigned in nearly 600 years. In an official statement posted on Vatican Radio's website, the 85-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Chuch cites fading strength and the demands of the job for his decision to step down. Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the …
Monday, February 4, 2013
A new poll shows Pennsylvania voters support same-sex marriage by a small margin.
Same-sex marriage is still a topic being debated in Pennsylvania. More voters (47 percent) support same-sex marriage than oppose it (43 percent), according to a January Quinnipiac University poll, but the margin is still small. The numbers were even closer among men polled, with 44 percent supporting and 46 opposing same-sex marriage. Women were less split with 50 percent supporting same-sex unions and 40 percent opposing them. When the voters polled were split by religion, 50 percent of white Catholics support same-sex unions with 40 percent oppose them. White Protestants were less accepting with 31 percent in support of same-sex unions and 60 percent opposing them. Of the Republicans polled, 23 percent support it, while 67 percent oppose…
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Roman Catholic Church's World Meeting on Families ignites a firestorm among Patch readers.
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Monday, June 4, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Philadelphia for a World Family Summit in 2015 as the Roman Catholic Church makes a clear statement about gay marriage.
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Monday, June 4, 2012
In a clear statement in support of traditional "one man-one woman" marriage in the United States, the Vatican has put Southeastern Pennsylvania at ground zero of the debate over gay marriage. The Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which includes Roman Catholic Churches in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, has announced it will host the Vatican's 2015 World Meeting of Families. The selection of Philadelphia came as Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput attended this year's World Meeting in Milan, Italy over the weekend. The meeting is held once every three years. In making the announcement, the Archbishop also made his position on gay marriage clear, saying in a news release: "The family is founded on a deep and loving union …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
President Obama made his historic pronouncement during an interview with ABC News.
President Barack Obama has publicly come out in support of gay marriage, the first time in history that a sitting U.S. President has ever done so. Obama, who during the last presidential election stated that he opposed gay marriage, gave the news to ABC News' Robin Roberts in an interview that will air on ABC's “Good Morning America" on Thursday. "I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, …