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Catholic women's groups protest Vatican's gay union stance

BERLIN (AP) — Five Catholic women's organizations in German-speaking areas have released an open letter calling for the Vatican to reverse its position that priests cannot bless same-sex unions. ...

The Dutch went first in 2001; who has same-sex marriage now?

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Twenty years ago, just after the stroke of midnight on April 1, the mayor of Amsterdam married four couples in City Hall as the Netherlands became the first country in the world with ...

LGBT groups want equality law in Japan before Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Activists submitted a petition with over 106,000 signatures to Japan's ruling party Thursday, calling for an LGBT equality law to be enacted before the Tokyo Games, saying Japan as host n...

Germany: Theology professors blast Vatican gay union stance

BERLIN (AP) — More than 230 professors of Catholic theology in Germany and other countries where German is spoken have signed a statement protesting the Vatican's recent pronouncement that priests can...

In Pope's homeland, ex-priest leaves church over gay unions

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A former priest and LGBTQ activist who has blessed same-sex unions in Pope Francis’ home country, Argentina, is leaving the Roman Catholic Church after the Vatican issue...

Vatican cardinal defends gay union blessing ban amid dissent

ROME (AP) — A cardinal close to Pope Francis defended a recent Holy See pronouncement that priests cannot bless same-sex unions as the Vatican faced outright dissent from some Catholic clergy and ques...

In landmark ruling, Japan court says it is 'unconstitutional' to bar same-sex marriage

A Japanese court ruled on Wednesday (March 17) that not allowing same-sex couples to get married is “unconstitutional,” setting a precedent in the only G7 nation not to fully recognize sam...

Belgian bishop lashes out at Vatican over gay unions decree

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian bishop has lashed out at the Vatican over its decree that the Catholic Church won’t bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.” Antwerp Bishop Johan...

Same-sex union blessings ban upsets gay Catholics in Asia

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Vatican’s edict that same-sex unions cannot be blessed because they are sinful was met Tuesday with criticism by rights activists and gay Catholics in parts of the Asia-...

LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

The Vatican’s declaration that same-sex unions are a sin the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless was no surprise for LGBTQ Catholics in the United States — yet it stung deeply nonetheless. ...

Vatican excludes gay union blessing as God 'can't bless sin'

ROME (AP) — The Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.” The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Do...

The Vatican decrees that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God 'cannot bless sin.'

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican decrees that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God 'cannot bless sin.'

Same-sex couples wed in Taiwan mass military ceremony for 1st time

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two same-sex couples were the first to take part in Taiwan's annual military joint weddings on Friday (Oct. 30). One and a half years since Taiwan became the first ...

2 same-sex couples to take part in Taiwan's mass military weddings Oct. 30

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two same-sex couples are expected to be the first to take part in Taiwan's annual military joint weddings, which are slated for Friday (Oct. 30). One-and-a-half yea...

Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday (Oct. 21), sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarificatio...