Jump to navigation. C oronavirus: One Year Later. Since the Catholic Church forbids celebrating marriage between people of the same sex as a sacrament, some Catholics, and even some bishops, have discussed having a blessing for such couples as an alternative. On March 15, the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith , the chief doctrinal office in the Vatican, responded to queries about this possibility with a firm no. To sum up, the Vatican is calling on the church to welcome gays "with respect and sensitivity" while at the same time telling priests not to bless their unions. This fine distinction will make no sense to many American Catholics, especially those who are gay and believe that respecting a person includes accepting their choice of a life partner.
Some counties resist and others change course as gay marriage confusion drags on
Confusion leaves couples in limbo
Debbie Elliott. Chief Justice Roy Moore is trying to prevent same-sex marriage from taking hold in his state despite a ruling from a federal judge that would allow it. A hearing is scheduled in Mobile Thursday. And in Alabama, same-sex couples and local judges want some clarity on gay marriage. They're hoping a hearing in Mobile today will help sort out the confusion since a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban. It all started when Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore told probate judges they were not bound by the federal court's decision. For nearly two decades now, she joins us from Montgomery.
Gay marriage confusion clouds the Sunshine State
In a lecture delivered Monday evening Oct. The year-old archbishop, who was not part of the Rome summit, made his remarks in response to a question after a lecture event sponsored by the conservative journal First Things. Media attention focused on proposals that would push the church to be more welcoming to gay Catholics, and to cohabiting couples and the divorced and remarried, who are currently barred from receiving Communion.
The history of same-sex marriage in the United States dates from the early s, when the first lawsuits seeking legal recognition of same-sex relationships brought the question of civil marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples to public attention though they proved unsuccessful. Miike that suggested the possibility that the state's prohibition might be unconstitutional. That decision was met by actions at both the federal and state level to restrict marriage to male-female couples, notably the enactment at the federal level of the Defense of Marriage Act. The first legal same-sex marriage ceremony in the United States happened on February 12, , when mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom ordered city hall to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.