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Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup: St. Valentine’s Day edition

You may know that St. Valentine was a martyred Roman cleric, but did you know what he was arrested and imprisoned for? Secretly marrying Christian couples.

Speaking of prison, ah, um, marriage (kidding honey!) Washington state became the seventh state (not including D.C.) to legalize gay marriage. 

Louisville's Catholic bishop explains that the church doesn't allow destination weddings because a “let's have fun” ceremony would set the wrong tone for a marriage. “This lifelong promise needs to be made in a sacred space,” says Archbishop Joseph Kurtz. 

The Morality Police in Malaysia are spending V-day raiding hotel rooms and arresting couples caught illegally celebrating the holiday. The couples have been charged with “close proximity.” If only that law could be enforced on the DC Metro. 

The U.S. Catholic bishops are not “Obama haters” said Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, who added that there's a “glimmer of hope” an arrangement suitable to the hierarchy could be made on the contraception mandate. 

Catholic voters are leaning slightly towards Mitt Romney, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. 

Today's Headsmacking Story comes from the Salt Lake Tribune, which reports that an LDS churchmember posthumously baptized the parents of famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. The Wiesenthal Center is outraged. The LDS church has apologized and barred the churchmember from accessing the church's genealogy records.

The church where Whitney Houston first wowed crowds mourned her death. 

The AP reports that scores of religious congregations in NYC are preparing to be evicted, on constitutional grounds, from rooms they've been renting at public schools.

Maybe they should try a gym, which seems to be working for this Florida church

Yr hmbl aggregator,

Daniel Burke 

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