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On 'banning'

by Jeremy Hooper

When perusing this week's bulletin for Portland, Maine's Cathedral of the Catholic Immaculate Conception (gay-banning Bishop Malone's home church), we couldn't help but notice the ironic placement of two items:

(highlighting our own)
9/13/09 Bulletin [Cathedral of the Catholic Immaculate Conception]

Banns on the left, Bans on the far-right. It's as poetic as it is disturbing.

Now if you'll excuse this writer, I need to go give my husband dangerous redefinition a kiss.


By the way: We just spent the past hour or so looking at scores and scores of bulletins from Maine catholic churches. We found maybe three that didn't contain mention of this "special collection," last weekend's rally, the "yes on 1" campaign, or all three. Weird, as we didn't mention them even once in our wedding invitations.

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Wow. Didn't think anybody still posted the banns anymore.

Posted by: matthew | Sep 17, 2009 12:07:17 AM

Interesting that they ask for checks to be made out to Stand for Marriage Maine. I suppose this is to keep them insulated from tax exemption status reprocusions and go on to point out that they are not tax deductable, I assume as contributions to the church are considered charitable contributions under the tax law.

Posted by: Bob Miller | Sep 17, 2009 11:40:24 AM

Yes, its the religionists work around. Even the National Organization for Marriage has a PAC so that they can collect millions in the name of bigotry from the churches without running afoul of the IRS tax code. So far they have collected 6 million mormon dollars to derail the Respect for Marriage Act through Maggie Moo Gallagher.

Posted by: Mykelb | Sep 17, 2009 2:29:22 PM

Yes, banns are still done in a lot of places. In the province of Ontario, Canada, for example they can be used in place of a government-issued marriage license. It was such a procedure back in 2001 at the Toronto MCC that produced the first legal same-sex marriages in Canada. The legality of those wasn't confirmed until 2003, but that set the precedent that led to legal same-sex marriage nationwide.

Posted by: Neil | Sep 22, 2009 2:39:33 PM

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