Missionary murdered in Mozambique:

  • Detentions in connection with murder of missionary | The people detained are the two security guards who were supposed to protect the building where Edinger lived, and three members of the local Lutheran congregation (Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique)

  • Organ trade claim nun murdered | Six people have been arrested over the murder of a Brazilian nun in northern Mozambique (SAPA, South Africa)

  • Murder 'not linked' to organs | Police have denied links between the killing of a Brazilian missionary and allegations she made that an organ trafficking syndicate was operating in the country, newspapers reported on Saturday (News24, South Africa)

  • 'No proof of Moz organ trade' (SAPA, South Africa)

  • Mozambique 'human organ' nun dead | A Brazilian nun has been found dead in Mozambique after some of her colleagues said they had exposed an organ trafficking network (BBC)

Catholic Charities forced to provide birth control:

  • Ruling worries St. Cloud charity | The leader of a prominent St. Cloud charity is troubled by a legal decision requiring a Catholic organization to cover birth control in its employees' insurance plan (St. Cloud Times, Minn.)

  • Maryland Catholics hear birth control ruling won't apply | Roman Catholic organizations in Maryland will not be forced to provide health insurance that covers contraceptives in the wake of a California Supreme Court ruling because Maryland law has broader exemptions for religious groups (The Washington Times)

  • Free reign | California's top court tells Catholic group it must provide contraceptive coverage (David E. Bernstein, National Review Online)

  • Confine & conquer | The California Supreme Court and religious freedom (Richard W. Garnett, National Review Online)

  • California court jumps into religious waters | The government is punishing Catholic Charities for not discriminating (Bill McClellan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Court's ruling on pill just upholds state law | Catholic Charities serves secular purpose (Editorial, San Jose Mercury News, Ca.)

  • Catholic charities and birth control | Catholic Charities of San Jose isn't affected at all; it already was offering contraceptive prescription benefits before the 2000 state law (L.A. Chung, San Jose Mercury News, Ca.)

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Gay marriage in New Mexico, Oregon:

Marriage amendment in Georgia:

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Gay marriage politics:

  • Schwarzenegger's u-turn on gay marriages | The California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has surprised political allies and foes by insisting he is not opposed to gay marriages (The Guardian, London)

  • Bush's stance not risky to him | Opposition to gay marriage is a can't-lose proposition politically for President George W. Bush, reaping rewards with his core supporters while exacting almost no price from those on the other side, a new poll has found (Newsday)

  • Cheney says he supports gay-marriage ban | Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday he supports President Bush's call for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, though one of his daughters is gay and he has said in the past the issue should be left to the states (Associated Press)

More on gay marriage:

  • No good | The Massachusetts "compromise" (Maggie Gallagher, National Review Online)

  • Gay weddings come out of the closet | Mock ceremonies, legal advice and invitations from the bride and bride will greet visitors to the UK's first gay wedding fair (BBC)

  • For Toronto family, gay marriage fortifies 'normal' | Eight months after gay people were given the right to wed in Canada, life goes on (The Washington Post)

  • Bush advances gay rights | President Bush's endorsement of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage could prove to be a great moment for gay rights (Steven Waldman, The Washington Post)

  • The future of gay couples married in the meantime | More than 3,500 gay couples have now been married in the United States, and numbers are rising fast (The Christian Science Monitor)

  • The fairness doctrine | Those of us wishing to preserve marriage for heterosexuals, imperfect as we may be at it, ought to ask those pushing for its redefinition what they mean by their "fairness doctrine" and upon what it is based. At least we heterosexuals have a reference that is thousands of years old (Cal Thomas, The Washington Times)

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  • Marriage: Mix and match | To preserve the sanctity of marriage, we should spend less time fretting about other people's marriages — and more time improving our own (Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times)

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