1) In a reference to marriage equality initiatives, Pope Benedict XVI, in a new year address to the Vatican’s diplomatic corps said, “. . .policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself.” For a full report on the speech, read the article, “Gay Marriage a Threat to Humanity’s Future: Pope.”
2) In an editorial entitled, “Gov. Gregoire Comes Around,” The New York Times applauds Christine Gregoire, the Catholic governor of Washington State, for her support of marriage equality.
3) New Jersey’s marriage equality legislative debate will be a struggle between two Catholic political leaders: Senate President Stephen Sweeney (pro) and Governor Chris Christie (con). Read background on this contest in “Sweeney: N.J. Gay Marriage Fight Will Be with Christie, Not Legislature.”
4) Josh Zeitz, an aide and spokesperson for former N.J. Governor Jon Corzine, opines “Marriage Equality in N.J. a Civil Rights Issue.”
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry