Gay marriage

JUDGE REJECTS ACLU DEMAND FOR $231,000 FROM KIM DAVIS Who refused to register Gay Marriage

Case erupted when clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
A federal magistrate has rejected the ACLU’s demand for $231,000 in legal fees from Kim Davis, the famous county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.A federal judge sent her to jail for six days for her refusal, but her case ended when she got exactly what she asked for: the removal of her name from marriage licenses.

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Ireland gay marriage: The Church's decision not to lead the No campaign marks a new reality

In less than three decades, the church has lost its grip on the Irish
In 1987, the plain people of Ireland were asked in a referendum whether or not they wanted divorce to be made legal in their country. They overwhelmingly voted No. Hardly surprising, everyone said, since Ireland was the most Catholic country in Europe. No more.
The massive vote in favour of legalising gay marriage in the same country charted the profound transformation undergone by Irish society in a single generation.

In less than three decades, the Catholic Church has lost its grip on the Irish. From being one of Europe’s most socially conservative societies, Ireland has become the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage – one of the modern world’s defining issues – not from the legislation of a parliamentary elite, but through a poll of the whole people.

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Church in Ireland needs 'reality check' after gay marriage vote

One of Ireland's most senior Catholic clerics has called for the Church to take a "reality check" following the country's overwhelming vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
The first gay marriages are now likely to take place in the early autumn.
Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, said the Church in Ireland needed to reconnect with young people.
The referendum found 62% were in favour of changing the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
The archbishop told the Irish broadcaster RTÉ: "We [the Church] have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities.

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Gay Marriage in Ireland Isn’t a ‘No’ to Catholicism

Ireland’s historic decision to pass gay marriage by popular vote Saturday has led many to question the strength of the Catholic Church in the land of St. Patrick. For example, The Telegraph’s Tim Stanley wrote that Ireland’s “yes” to gay marriage was a “no” to Catholicism. But such simplistic reductions miss the complex and evolving Catholic worldview on civil gay marriage.

Pope Francis began this evolution shortly after his election in July 2013 when he said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Dublin’s Catholic archbishop Diarmuid Martin went even further last year: “Anybody who doesn’t show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God. They are not just homophobic if they do that—they are actually Godophobic because God loves every one of those people.”

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