- Lovingly opposing the homosexual agenda...

Three fundamental concerns are driving the formation of the new citizens organization:

I. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on all businesses and property owners, with a particularly negative impact on faith- based and faith-inspired businesses and property owners.

II. The negative impact of special rights initiatives on every citizen's constitutionally protected rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.

III. The negative impact of the practice of homosexuality on the individuals who practice it and on the rest of the society.

The main multifaceted emphasis of the group is to defend Traditional Marriage as 'between one man and one woman', to respond to the controversy at the University of Notre Dame regarding homosexual activism at several levels, to respond to 'special rights for homosexuals' ordinances as they come forward in the Region and to facilitate help and ministry for those suffering from the ill effects of the homosexual lifestyle.

Indiana Defense of Marriage Amendment Update

R.I. AG's Sister Weds Her Partner

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island's attorney general said his opinion this week advising his state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts had nothing to do with his sister's wedding to her partner there days earlier.

Attorney General Patrick Lynch said the advisory opinion, which is not binding, was issued in response to a question from a state agency and was based on legal research.

"No disrespect to my sister, who I love very much, but it has zero impact on it," he said.

In Wednesday's opinion, Lynch said there was no strong reason for Rhode Island to deny recognition to gay marriages performed in Massachusetts because Rhode Island does not have a law banning such unions.

The opinion came a week after Lynch attended the Feb. 15 wedding of his sister Margaret Lynch-Gadaleta and her partner of 18 years in Attleboro, Mass.

Lynch-Gadaleta, the Pawtucket city solicitor, said she did not believe her brother was influenced by her partnership.

The opinion answered a question from the Board of Governors for Higher Education over a request by gay employees in the state college system to have their files changed to reflect their marriages in Massachusetts.

Steve Maurano, a spokesman for the Board of Governors, which oversees higher education in Rhode Island, said the board intends to follow Lynch's advice.

Massachusetts is the only state where gay marriage is legal.

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