Speaking of prison, ah, um, marriage (kidding honey!) Washington state became the seventh state (including D.C.) to legalize gay marriage.
Louisville's Catholic bishop explains thatthe church doesn't allow destination weddingsbecause a “let's have fun” ceremony would set the wrong tone for a marriage.
“This lifelong promise needs to be made in a sacred space,” says Archbishop Joseph Kurtz. The Morality Police in Malaysia are spending V-dayraiding hotel rooms and arresting couples caught illegally celebrating the holiday. The couples have been charged with “close proximity.” If only that law could be enforced on the DC Metro. The U.S. Catholic bishops are not “Obama haters”said Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, who added that there's a “glimmer of hope” an arrangement suitable to the hierarchy could be made on the contraception mandate.
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.