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I’m Not Cryin’ on Sundays

As a person who studies religion and the internet, I can assure you that it was a very interesting place after the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act last month. In the spring, I finished my introductory religion course with a unit on homosexuality and gay marriage, a unit I was very nervous to go through with my first-year college students. My goal for the unit was to faithfully explain the Church’s position on homosexuality and gay marriage.  I did much work to begin the discussion with the Church’s picture of marriage …

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US vs Windsor

What exactly was at stake in US v. Windsor?  In this case, the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to decide whether the 1996 Act of Congress known as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was constitutional.  Section 3 of DOMA had invoked the traditional concept of marriage and defined it as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”  Section 3 had also defined “spouse” as “a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.”  DOMA used the traditional definition of marriage specifically for the purposes of granting or …

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