Marriage Reality Articles

Orphaned at conception
Is it high-tech child abuse to rob children of their biological heritage?
SAN FRANCISCO, June 14, 2010 -- The fertility industry is big business, not only in the United States, where $3.3 billion is spent annually, but around the world, including developing nations with laws making for easy sperm donation and IVF treatments.  With parenting becoming a "right" to be gained at any expense, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people have entered the world as genetic orphans. The real question is, how do the children feel about it? A new report entitled, "My Daddy's Name is Donor" provides insights into the psychological ramifications of sperm donation.


Pray for the
Prop 8 Marriage
Trial

No TV Cameras, says Prop 8 Trial Judge
Closing Arguments on Wednesday, June 16

SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2010 -- Yesterday, Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker announced that there would be no TV cameras permitted for the closing argument in the federal trail to overturn Prop 8. He was responding to requests by TV networks to televise closing arguments.


My Daddy's Name Is Donor
Recent study follows children of sperm donors
Findings show troubled adults isolated from families

SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2010 -- It is estimated that as many as 30,000 to 60,000 children in the U.S. are conceived each year through sperm donation. Until now, there have not been any studies examining the long-term effects of this method of clinical conception on the children. A recent study finds that as adults, many children of sperm donors have trouble relating to and trusting their families, they have profound struggles with their origin and identity, and they worry about forming intimate relationships with related individuals. This study supports the Stand with Children message that every child without exception desires a mother and a father and has the right to know and be cared for by their biological parents.


Pray for the
Prop 8 Marriage
Trial

Judge's Questions Point to Absurdity of Prop 8 MarriageTrial
Preparations for Closing Arguments on June 16
Prayer Needed

SAN FRANCISCO, June 9, 2010 -- The Prop 8 trial in San Francisco took another bizarre twist yesterday as groundwork is being laid for closing arguments in the case that are scheduled for Wednesday, June 16. The Judge asked plaintiffs and proponents for responses to series of questions that only highlight the absurdity of putting marriage and the intentions of California voters on trial. Some of the questions are listed below to demonstrate the point.


Parental Partnership in the Mission of Catholic Schools
Is it Just to Turn Children of Same-Sex Couples Away?

FALL RIVER, MA, May 28, 2010 The mission of Catholic schools emanates from the mission of the Catholic Church, commissioned by Jesus to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and instructing them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20). The fundamental purpose of Catholic schools is not to make “graduates” who go on to future educational and employment success, but to make “disciples.”


Prop 8 Marriage Trial Update: New Developments
ACLU and Equalty California Turn Over Documents
Closing Arguments Set for June 16

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2010 -- While the marriage trial in the San Francisco Federal District Courtroom of Chief Judge Vaughn Walker has been in recess since January 27, there have been some very important behind-the-scenes struggles that could have consequences for the outcome of the trial and for subsequent appeals, possibly heading all the way to the Supreme Court.

Oral Arguments on DC Marriage Case
DC Citizens Denied Right to Vote on Marriage Definition
"It Would Be Discriminatory to Permit a Vote"

WASHINGTON, DC, May 3, 2010 -- Tomorrow morning, May 4, the highest court in Washington, DC will hear an appeal for the rights of citizens in our nation’s capital to vote on the definition of marriage. When a citizens group, Stand4MarriageDC, led by Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr, submitted a petition to define marriage through the initiative process, the District’s Board of Elections ruled that it was discriminatory under the Human Rights Act to even let people vote on the definition of marriage. In the interim, the City Council redefined marriage clearing the way for same-sex marriages effective March 3, 2010.


Marriage is Focus for 2010 Catechetical Sunday
The US Bishops have announced that the 2010 theme for Catechetical Sunday will be "Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring Love". Catechetical Sunday will be September 19. Materials for that special Sunday will be posted as they are developed at usccb.org/catecheticalsunday/.


Prospects for Marriage and the Family in the Current Legal Environment
Video-- Manhattan Forum Lecture Series, March 13, 2010
Catholics for the Common Good Senior Fellow, Ernest Pierucci,explores the arguments that contest or uphold the status of marriage as between a man and a woman in the Third Lecture in the Manhattan Forum Series presented by the Saint Anthony of Padua Institute on March 13, 2010.


California Therapist Association Forced to Change Family Views
Buckles Under Presure from Gay 'Marriage' Activists

SAN DIEGO, California, March 15, 2010 – Abandoning its long-held neutrality on the marriage debate, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) has slowly come to disavow pro-family views and sexual orientation therapy as "homophobic." Instead it now warmly supports homosexuality as a "normal and positive" variant of sexuality - all thanks to pressure by gay activists who have openly vowed to transform the organization from within.


D.C. Catholic Charities Forced to Cut Health Benefits
Far-Reaching Consequences of Same-Sex "Marriage"
Time for Catholics to Go on the Offense

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2, 2010 -- The new same-sex "marriage" law in Washington, D.C., taking effect on Wednesday, March 3, has created another consequence for Catholic Charities. It has forced Catholic Charities to drop healthcare benefits for spouses of its employees in order to protect its freedom of religious expression and its ability to provide services to the poor. Under the new law, Catholic Charities would be compelled to extend benefits to same-sex "spouses" of its employees if it extended spousal benefits at all. The changes in coverage will apply only to new employees and employees that are currently single or are married but have not previously opted for spousal medical insurance coverage.


Redefined “Marriage” Drives D.C. Church Out of Adoption Services
Legal Wrangling Continues Over Rights of Voters

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 25 -- The Washington, D.C. Archdiocese has announced that, after 80 years of service, Catholic Charities ceased providing foster care and adoption services within the District effective February 1. A new law redefining marriage to accomodate same-sex couples taking effect on March 3 prohibits any organization providing services in the District from treating same-sex couples differently than married men and women. The D.C. City Council refused to make an exception for religious groups that provide services, forcing the current decision.


Marriage Trial Update Blog


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Marriage and Prop 8 Go On Trial in San Francisco
National Call for Prayer and Fasting
Trial Could Determine Future of Marriage in U.S.

Chief U.S. District Judge, Vaughn Walker

SAN FRANCISCO, January 8, 2010 -- The greatest threat against Prop 8 and traditional marriage so far is a trial, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, that starts in Federal District Court in San Francisco on Monday, January 11. It is not only an attack on the initiative passed by voters last year, but an attack on the supporters themselves. Plaintiffs claim that there is no rational reason to preserve marriage as between a man and a woman except hatred or bigotry. This case will likely go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and has the potential of forcing same-sex “marriage” not only on California, but on the entire nation.


ProtectMarriage.com General Counsel, Andrew Pugno, and candidate  for assembly

Marriage and the People of California Go on Trial
Next Monday, January 11, 2010, a trial will begin in the San Francisco courtroom of Judge Vaughn Walker in the federal case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. The Perry case is about Proposition 8 which restored the traditional definition of marriage in California, to be sure, but it is also about much more.




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