Bill Chappell. A new message from the Vatican underlines its objection to same-sex marriage. The message cited Pope Francis' own words from The Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages, no matter how stable or positive the couples' relationships are, the Vatican said on Monday. The message, approved by Pope Francis, came in response to questions about whether the church should reflect the increasing social and legal acceptance of same-sex unions. The church says its answer regarding same-sex couples "declares illicit any form of blessing that tends to acknowledge their unions as such.
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Against a backdrop of whoops and cheers and a party that spilled onto the streets, gay and lesbian couples here began filling out applications for marriage licenses at a. The couples were led down a series of wooden staircases at Cambridge City Hall that were decorated with white bridal organza. Shepherd, 52, choked up and said, ''There's some kid somewhere that's watching this and it's going to change his whole life. It's amazing. By nightfall on Sunday, hundreds of people -- couples waiting to apply for licenses and supporters of their right to do so -- had surged toward the Romanesque stone building and formed a boisterous and ebullient crowd that spilled onto the street. By a.
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But that hasn't deterred businesspeople, town officials and some of those couples from thinking about the future. On May 17, , Massachusetts became the first state to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, but a law prevented municipal officials from giving licenses to couples who were not allowed to marry in their home states. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to repeal the law, following a similar vote in the Senate earlier this month.