7 area same-sex couples marry in Washington, D.C.

7 area same-sex couples marry in Washington, D.C.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Monday morning, seven same-sex couples offered up a toast to their new marriages at the Holy Covenant United Church of Christ.  The couples just returned from a weekend trip to Washington, D.C., where they were legally married. However, because of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, individual states — including North Carolina, do not have to recognize same-sex marriages …
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Mozart’s Requiem comes alive with CWRU Orchestra, Case Concert Choir, Church of the Covenant Choir
Last Saturday, The Church of the Covenant was so packed, one would suspect it were Easter Sunday or midnight Mass. The ground level was limited to standing room, and guests dragged fold-out chairs in the balcony to create extra seating. Even the side balconies had to be opened to accommodate waiting guests.
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Church donation plates now take credit cards in Fresno
FRESNO — Long ago, people gave God parts of their livelihood — goats, sheep, wheat and barley. Much later, they began plopping money into collection plates.
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Argentine gays proud of 500 same-sex marriages

Argentine gays proud of 500 same-sex marriages
Thousands marched in Argentina’s Gay Pride parade on Saturday, celebrating the country’s status as the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage and vowing to campaign for new rights for transgender people.
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Pope warns of ‘aggressive’ anti-priest culture in Spain
Pope Benedict XVI warned Saturday of a return to 1930s-style “aggressive” anti-clericism in Spain and urged Europe to embrace God as he embarked on a two-day visit.
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Cuba hits deadline to release political prisoners
The wives and mothers of Cuba’s most prominent political prisoners marched through the leafy streets of the capital Sunday, demanding the government honor an agreement to release their loved ones by the end of the day -…
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