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U.S Bishops Consider Same-Sex Marriage

U.S Bishops Consider Same-Sex Marriage - Marilyn Sewell:
"U.S. Catholic bishops are currently reviewing the draft of a pastoral letter entitled 'Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan,' which they will formally consider at their Nov. 16-19 national meeting. The National Catholic Reporter quotes from this 57-page document, saying that the bishops decry the rise of same-sex marriage as 'one of the most troubling developments in contemporary culture.' Same-sex marriage, they further say, 'redefines the nature of marriage and the family and, as a result, harms both the intrinsic dignity of every human person and the common good of society.'

I must say that the Catholic Church is surprisingly able to up the ante on my outrage, over and over again--and now this appalling statement. Their saying that same-sex marriage is 'one of the most troubling developments in contemporary culture' makes me wonder how much the bishops are troubled by, say, the current development of global warming? Or job loss and foreclosure, leading to homelessness and hunger? Or the nuclear threat?"


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Via Chris Geidner's Poliglot blog at Metro Weekly:


In Iowa, which declared Iowa's marriage ban unconstitutional under the state's constitution in 2009, the National Organization for Marriage got one of its first electoral victories this year. The judicial retention elections appear to have resulted in the replacement of all three justices up for a vote this year.

Here, as of 3:35 a.m. and with 1767 out of 1774 precincts reporting, are the Iowa Secretary of State's election results:

Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!