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Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Cardinal Francis George
Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who fought tirelessly against the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois, and who once compared LGBT people to the Ku Klux Klan, died after a long fight with cancer. ...

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Pope Francis chooses moderate bishop to lead Chicago archdiocese

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Bishop Blase Cupich
As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road. He has spoken out against same-sex marriage and against conservative hostility toward gay rights advocates. He ...

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Catholic Church fires music director over plans to marry same-sex partner

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Colin Collette, left, and Will Nifong, in Rome where the couple got engaged.
INVERNESS, Ill. -- The longtime music director at a suburban Chicago Roman Catholic church says he was fired after posting on social media plans to marry his same-sex partner. Colin Collette says his partner proposed to him last week in ...

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Cardinal George blasts gay marriage in letter to all Chicago-area Catholics

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Cardinal Francis George
CHICAGO -- One of the most high-profile religious leaders who opposed Illinois' new same-sex marriage legislation says the law will have consequences for the church and society. ...

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Cardinal defends funding cuts for immigration groups that support gay marriage

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Cardinal Francis George
CHICAGO -- Cardinal Francis George, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, is defending his decision to bar church funding for immigrant rights groups that support same-sex marriage. ...

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Illinois LGBT activists to demonstrate against Cardinal George

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Activists rally at Chicago's Thompson Center on Jan. 5.Photo: Daniel Guerrero, Chicago Phoenix
Activists from the Gay Liberation Network, a longtime Chicago-based direct action LGBT rights group, are calling on the local community to join them early next month in a protest against Cardinal Francis George, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, due ...

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Chicago Cardinal urges Catholics to oppose marriage equality bill

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Cardinal Francis GeorgePhoto by Adam Bielawski, via Wikimedia Commons
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George officially entered the political debate over same-sex marriage on Tuesday, issuing a pastoral letter that urges parishioners to contact state legislators and voice their opposition to a planned bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. ...

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Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George: Same-sex marriage ‘violates natural law’

Sunday, December 30, 2012
Cardinal Francis George
With Illinois state lawmakers poised to consider a marriage equality bill in the lame duck session that begins Wednesday, Catholic bishops and other advocates of "traditional" are taking a new approach: same-sex marriage simply violates natural law. ...

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Two major benchmarks in LGBT history will change the playing field forever

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Mitt Romney
If you sneezed last week, you might have missed them. Two major changes in the fight for LGBT equality took place — and they literally will change the playing field forever. ...

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Catholic Archbishop apologizes for comparing LGBT rights movement to the KKK

Saturday, January 7, 2012
Francis George
Chicago — Chicago Catholic Archbishop Cardinal Francis George on Friday issued an apology to the LGBT community for remarks he made last month when compared the LGBT rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan. In an interview broadcast on FOX ...

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