Same-Sex Marriage

Letter from Rome

Cardinal Parolin calls Ireland's gay marriage victory a "defeat for humanity"; progressives and traditionalists hold secret meetings to discuss Synod on the Family.

Playing the Princess

Tension between religious freedom and combating discrimination is the frame for RFRA debates. But these highlight a more basic problem with RFRA jurisprudence.


The furor over Indiana's RFRA raises questions about our capacity to engage in the kind of thoughtful, careful public discussion that issues like this demand.

Don't Wreck Religious Liberty's Brand

States that are competing fiercely for jobs and businesses are quickly learning that being seen as anti-gay is dangerous to their images.

Letter from Rome

What purpose could there be for a three-day meeting touted as an “interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman”? Opposition to same-sex unions.

Pope Frank

"Speak frankly,” Pope Francis said at the opening of this month’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family. “Let no one say, ‘I can’t...

Against Obsessive Celibacy

Although sex can be a volatile distraction, it can also be a positive, joyous, even stabilizing element of a well-integrated life.

Thinking Straight?

Why are social conservatives eagerly citing—and in the process, badly distorting—queer theory? To defend traditional ideas about sexuality.

Catholicism & Same-Sex Marriage

A special page featuring selected Commonweal articles, essays, editorials and blog posts on Catholicism and same-sex marriage.

Engagement or Retreat?

Our problem as Catholics isn’t that same-sex marriage somehow uniquely represents Western society’s recent turns; our problem is those turns themselves.

Engagement or Retreat?

The church should revise its attitude toward same-sex relationships; American Catholics should accept recognition of same-sex marriage because they are Catholics.

Engagement or Retreat?

It's one thing to urge the church to prepare for political defeat on same-sex marriage, another to say it should preemptively cease to even make the argument.
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