Catholic bishops side with labor unions in Supreme Court case
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops equated the effect of a potential ruling against public sector unions’ rights to collect fees from nonmembers to landmark decisions that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage.
How abortion changed the culture wars on same-sex marriage and religious freedom
Conservative Christians have gone from emphasizing their “moral majority” status to making political claims about individual rights, says author Andrew Lewis — and it all started with abortion.
The ‘Splainer: A wedding cake for the Supreme Court
(RNS) — The court will hear the ‘cake case,’ which may not be a yummy delight for all.
Share our joy! How Julie Rodgers recalls last year’s marriage ruling
Her friends didn’t force her to choose between her orientation and her love for Jesus. They shared her joy.
Why same-sex marriage will pave the way to polygamy
(RNS) The arguments against polygamy are very closely parallel to the arguments against redefining marriage to include same-sex couples.
Survey: Same-sex marriage, Pope Francis top religion stories of year
(RNS) The Religion Newswriters Association asked its members to rank the 10 top religion stories of 2015. Here’s the list.
After gay marriage ruling, try tolerance for both sides (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) In the short time since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, those with religious objections are already facing punishment.
Why the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision is not like legalizing abortion (ANALYSIS)
(RNS) A favorite talking point among conservative opponents is that the gay marriage ruling is akin to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. But there are several obstacles to that scenario. Here are six of them …
The new normal: Lessons from Massachusetts on gay marriage — and divorce
As the Supreme Court wrestles with the legalization of gay marriage, the Massachusetts couples who successfully challenged their state’s ban on gay marriage in 2003 are juggling work and retirement, raising kids who turn down Ivy League colleges and holding joyful family reunions.
Texas takes defiant stance as gay marriage decision looms
AUSTIN — Texas joins a handful of states, including Alabama, Michigan and Louisiana, that are considering legislation that would throw up roadblocks to gay marriage in apparent anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling.
An open letter to the Supreme Court as you consider same-sex marriage (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Yes, the government has an interest in fostering strong communities and strong families — and both will strengthened when marriage equality makes the lives of same-sex couples and their children more safe and secure.
Colliding visions of marriage at the Supreme Court (ANALYSIS)
WASHINGTON (RNS) As the Supreme Court finally took up the vexing question of same-sex marriage, the case came down to two competing visions of marriage: what it’s been, what it should be, and who gets to decide.
Gay marriage fight centers on what’s best for the kids
WASHINGTON — Some studies show that children raised in same-sex households fare no worse than those raised by mothers and fathers. Others say the differences are stark.
Poll: Americans say there’s no turning back on gay marriage
WASHINGTON — One reason for a transformation in public views on the issue: Close to half say they have a gay or lesbian family member or close friend who is married to someone of the same sex.