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US Bishops Warn Obama of National Conflict
Over Failure to Uphold DOMA
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, urged President Obama and his administration to end their attack on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the religious freedom of those who support it.


ACTION Completed
Bill Signed by Governor
Gardasil AB 499 California parental rights issue similar to the one Rick Perry faced in Texas

Veto on AB 499 a Realistic Possibility
If Enough People Call the Governor Now
New Research Reveals Waste and Subterfuge
SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2011-- These days, Governor Brown’s phone (916-445-2841) is often busy as thousands are calling for his veto of AB 499. It is an outrageous attack on parental rights and responsibility that would let interest groups like Planned Parenthood go, without their parents’ knowledge, directly to children as young as 12 years old and talk them into being vaccinated with Gardasil, a vaccine for preventing 4 strains of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus.


Voucher Movement Gains Traction
As New School Year Kicks Off
- As U.S. Catholic schools gear up for a new academic year, some have seen a spike in enrollment due to more states offering school voucher programs.

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AB 499 Passes CA Senate
Permits Consent for STD Vaccinations by 12 year olds
Ask Governor for Veto

SACRAMENTO, CA, September 1, 2011--AB 499, the bill that permits 12 year old children to give consent without their parents' knowledge for vaccines or other medication to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, passed the CA Senate yesterday on a 22-17 vote. The Governor could take action on the bill any time between September 9 and October 9. Ask the governor to veto AB 499. (See how senators voted)


Judge Allows Illinois to
Cut off Catholic Charities' Foster Care

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- An Illinois judge has ruled that the state has the right to end its foster care partnership with Catholic Charities in four dioceses, despite the Church ministry's contention that it was being dropped on religious grounds.


More Than 40% Children
Spend Time in Cohabitating Households
NEW YORK, NY, August 17, 2011 -- Family instability continues to grow in the U.S. despite falling divorce rates for families with children. Researchers say an increase in cohabitation is part of the problem, adding that society's "retreat from marriage" harms children and has particularly hurt poor and working-class communities.


Babies for Sale, Buyers Beware
SAN RAMON, CA, August 17, 2011-- Infertility can bring much heartache to couples desperately wanting a baby. Sadly, desperation opens the door for exploitation. Recently, two high-profile surrogacy attorneys, Theresa Erickson and Hilary Neiman, were caught exploiting surrogates, stealing from California taxpayers, and, most horrifically, selling babies.


STD Vaccination without Parent Knowledge Bill
On Way to CA Senate Floor
Serious Threat to Parents' and Children's Rights
SACRAMENTO, Updated August 15, 2011-- AB 499, the bill which permits 12 year old children to give consent, without their parents' knowledge, for vaccines or other medication to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 15 and will be up for a vote of the full committee on August 25. It will likely pass and move to the floor.


Joe Espinnueva Catholics for the Common Good San Francisco County Co-Chair

CCG County Leader’s Push for Sacred Vows
SAN FRANCISCO, August 10, 2011 -- St. Thomas More Parish in San Francisco is hosting a wedding for as many as 20 couples — one parish’s response to a decline of almost 50 percent in weddings among Catholics in the past two decades.


School District Sued by Parents
Seeking More Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Effort
SAN JOSE, CA, August 10, 2011-- An appeal has been filed with the California Court of Appeal in a lawsuit challenging a refusal by the superintendent and school board president of San Jose Unified School District to allow a parent to formally request changes to a controversial program at her child's middle school.


Gov Signed Bill

CA Bill Redefines Fatherhood
Governor Signs into Law
SAN FRANCISCO, Updated August 6, 2011-- AB 1349, a bill that is intended to redefine fatherhood for children born to unmarried mothers was signed into law by California Governor Edmund Brown, Jr on August 5. It undermines the entire notion of natural parenthood. It also undermines the rights of fathers and the internationally recognized right of every child to know and, as far as possible, be cared for by his or her biological mother and father.


Gov Signed Bill
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CA SB 48 to Sexualize K-12 Public School Students
Ask for Governor's Veto
Must Decide by July 19
SACRAMENTO, updated July 11, 2011 -- SB 48, a bill that would change California textbooks and curriculum to bring the sexuality of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual people to the attention of students K-12 in social studies is so bad, even the LA Times has editorialized against it. It has passed the Senate and landed on the Governor's desk today. He must sign or veto it by July 19.


Vatican Official: UN Gay 'Rights' Agenda
Endangers Church's Freedom

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, July 8, 2011-- The Vatican's representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva says a recent resolution on “sexual orientation and gender identity” is part of an agenda that could restrict the Church's freedom.


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New York Redefinition of Marriage:
A Prophetic Sign of the Times 
NEW YORK, NY, July 7, 2011--The state of New York redefined marriage to accommodate same-sex couples on the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. This may have been a prophetic occurrence, as one recalls: “John the Baptist did not lose his head because he protested against Roman occupation or other social injustices,” as Jesuit Father George Schultze once reminded me. “He lost his head because he pointed out that Herod had no ‘right’ to marry his brother’s wife. This was against the law. This was the prophetic statement that was most challenging to Herod, and it dealt directly with marriage and the nature of family.” Read more


Archbishop Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

Archbishop Gomez:
We Need to Stand up for Parents and Families

LOS ANGELES, July 5, 2011 --There was a time not too long ago, when American society encouraged family values and tried to strengthen the bonds of parents and children. Recent events in our state and nation remind us that’s not always the case anymore.




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