down an invitation to a gay wedding. 130 The Episcopal Church stated in Resolution A095, made in 2006, that it "opposes any state or federal constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex civil marriage or civil unions." The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted in June 2014 to allow its pastors to marry same-sex couples. Maryland ended health insurance benefits for new domestic partnerships after same-sex marriage became legal in the state in 2013. 13, 2009 in Social Science Quarterly found that "laws permitting same-sex marriage or civil unions have no adverse effect on marriage, divorce, and abortion rates, or the percent of children born out of wedlock." 48 A Nov. Pro 6 Same-sex marriage is a civil right. E-mail: Follow me on Facebook: Scroll Down For Comments, send this article/post as a, pDF attachment to).
According to a July 31, 2003 statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by Pope John Paul II, marriage "was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.
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2012 that gay marriage threatened "the future of humanity itself." 145 Legalizing gay marriage often leads to an end to domestic partnership benefits for gay and straight couples, which disadvantages couples who choose not to get married. Justice Kennedy said the First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths. Gay rights advocates, the chief justice wrote, would have been better off with a victory achieved through the political process, particularly when the winds of change were freshening at their backs. As the clock struck midnight and a new day dawned, gay couples around the country celebrated the first same-sex marriages. 129 Reform Judaism, which comprises about 80 of the American Jewish population, endorses same-sex marriage, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis has supported gay marriage since 1996.
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