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Secrets are Like Land Mines
SAN RAMON, CA, June 12, 2012 --As we approach the Father's Day holiday, we can't help but think of those who do not know their fathers. Some don't know their fathers because they are adopted, because their fathers walked away, or because their fathers have died. But others do not know their fathers because their families have been intentionally structured so that they cannot know him—they were conceived through anonymous sperm donation.


CCG Receives $15,000 Matching Grant
Launching Campaign to Take Back Marriage
SAN FRANCISCO, June 7, 2012 -- Several weeks ago, the President gave us a gift by clarifying his position on marriage, making it a campaign issue. By redefining marriage, he has unwittingly proposed eliminating the only institution that unites children with their moms and dads. Voters are paying attention, and now the time is ripe for us to go on the offense. We are ready and will be telling you more about this, and some other significant developments over the next few weeks as we reveal our plans.


Democrats Leave Party Over
Marriage, Religious Freedom Concerns
-- A wave of local and state Democrats throughout the U.S. are leaving the party due to controversy over its leaders’ support for “gay marriage,” as well as concerns about religious freedom and the defense of the unborn.


Dissenting Judges Scold Colleagues
Appeals Court Denies Petition for En Banc Review

Prop 8 Remains in Effect Pending Appeal
Case Moves to Supreme Court

SAN  FRANCISCO, June 5, 2012 -- This morning, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a split decision, denied a request by the Prop 8 legal defense team for a review by the full court (en banc) of the 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel in February that struck down Prop 8. The court did not disclose how close the deciding vote of the judges was, but the denial was not unexpected. It clears the way for the case to defend Prop 8 to go to the United States Supreme Court. We are pleased that the court decided to issue a stay that keeps Prop 8 in effect pending the appeal.


Calif. Gay Therapy Restriction
Bill Passes Senate
Called Intrusive and Unscientific
SACRAMENTO, CA, June 3, 2012 -- California's senate has approved a bill restricting the therapeutic treatment of homosexuality in minors. Critics say the measure fails to respect scientific standards, as well as personal and family rights. Dr. Christopher Rosik, president of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), said the largely partisan May 30 vote represented a “triumph of political activism over objective science.”


1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down DOMA
Bishop Cordileone: Decision ‘Grave Injustice’
Respecting Reality of Marriage Protects Children
WASHINGTON, DC, June 1, 2012—A federal appeals court decision May 31 to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act is a matter of “grave injustice,” said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.


Bishop Kevin Rhoades, USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth questions Girl Scouts of America policies

Controversy Continues as Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years
Promotes Abortion and Anti-Marriage Agenda

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Girl Scouts of the USA is continuing to fall under scrutiny for its alleged connections to groups that promote abortion, contraception and homosexuality. 

North Carolina Victory
What it Means Going Forward
SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2012-- Despite a well financed campaign of deception by opponents, North Carolina's Amendment One received overwhelming support with a 61% to 39% win. This was a huge step forward in protecting the reality that marriage unites men and women and any children born of their unions.


ACTION COMPLETED
Bill passed

CA "Trojan Horse" Marriage Bill
Moves to Senate Floor
Ask Your State Senator to Vote “No”
SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2012 -- When I testified at the recent Judiciary Committee hearing, you should have heard Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) describe how much he cares about churches. He detailed how he and Equality California want to make sure churches are protected should marriage be redefined in California.


ACTION Completed
Passed 4-1

CA Trojan Horse Marriage Bill Is Back
Creates Two Kinds of Marriage
Urgent Action Needed to Request a “NO” Vote
SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2012 -- The bill that Catholics for the Common Good described as the “Trojan Horse marriage bill” is back. Amendments earlier this week changed SB 1140 into the same bill the legislature passed in 2010 and was vetoed by then Governor Schwarzenegger. Authored again by San Francisco's Mark Leno and sponsored by Equality California, it redefines marriage under the guise of protecting priests and ministers from having to marry same-sex couples.


UN Women's Commission
Rejects Expansion of 'Reproductive Rights'
-- Amid controversy over the “rights” to contraception and abortion, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women concluded its 56th annual meeting without reaching the necessary agreement for a concluding document.


Pope Benedict: Proper Understanding of Sexuality
A Fundamental Right for Children
Message Correlates with Stand with Children's Mission

Pope Benedict XVI ad limina visit with Archbishop Neinstadt of Minneapolis St Paul and others from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota

VATICAN, March 9, 2012 -- Pope Benedict XVI gave a strong message about children, sexuality, and marriage Friday, in his message to bishops from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota during their ad limina visit. His words resonated with the Stand with Children project which draws on the particular wisdom of Blessed John Paul and Pope Benedict, asserting the natural rights of the child. Children receiving a distorted understanding about human sexuality propagated by the culture and powerful interests are being deprived of a fundamental human right to know the truth about love and relationships that will contribute to their flourishing.


Virginia Bill Passes
Protects Rights of  Child-Care Agencies
To Decline Homosexual Adoptions
RICHMOND, VA, March 7, 2012 -- A bill that ensures that faith-based adoption agencies in the state of Virginia won’t be forced to place children in households led by same-sex couples has passed both houses of the General Assembly and is heading to the desk of Gov. Robert McDonnell, a supporter of the legislation, who is expected to sign it soon.


HI Governor Neil Abercrombie will not defend marriage in Federal District Court 

Hawaii Lawsuit Shows
Civil Unions Help Redefine Marriage
- A Hawaiian lawsuit asking a federal court to instate “gay marriage” shows that the recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships and civil unions is just a stepping stone to redefining marriage, several critics say.


Court Challenge to Marriage in Hawaii
Governor Refuses to Defend
HONOLULU, March 5, 2010 — Hawaii's new civil union law took effect on January 1.It did not take long for three same-sex couples to file suit in federal district court claiming that the law gay rights groups advocated denied then equal protection and requested that Hawii's law protecting traditional marriage be overturned.




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