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Castro’s daughter: Obama should legalize same-sex ‘marriage’

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HAVANA, CUBA, May 14, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – For all the negative backlash it has inspired, Barck Obama’s support for same-sex “marriage” has its share of supporters – such as the daughter of the Communist president of Cuba.

Mariela Castro called Obama’s speech, which cited the Golden Rule as his reason for redefining the family, “humane” and “understanding.” The daughter of Raul Castro and niece of Fidel – who stepped down as president in 2006 – said she hoped the American president’s “words will be taken seriously in the political and legislative decisions made in different states and in the whole world.”

She added, in the words of the Associated Press, “such statements by Obama and other politicians must be accompanied by concrete actions if they are to be made into reality.”

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Mariela, who heads Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) and is a trained sexologist, led an LGBT activist parade on Saturday in Havana.

Some 400 transvestites sashayed behind Castro, doing a conga line through the streets, to celebrate the Fifth Cuban Day Against Homophobia, observed elsewhere on May 17. 

Marchers shouted, “Down with homophobia! Long live sexual diversity!”

Castro kept up the drumbeat, saying Obama’s words “have great value because of the influence they might have” on others – and pressuring him to take translate them into action.

Meanwhile, she said her father favors same-sex “marriage” legislation, “but he has not made it public.” She told the crowd, “He has done some advocacy work, speaking of the need to make progress in terms of rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

“I am not going to pressure him to say things publicly, because I am more interested in concrete results,” she said.

She hinted Cuba may legalize same-sex civil unions, though not “marriage,” as early as July. Legalizing full “marriage” would require a change in the constitution. “That proposal will be made at an opportune moment,” she has said. “Right now changing the Family Code will be enough.” 

The transformation marks one of the starkest changes since Fidel Castro took control of the island more than five decades ago – when homosexuals were regularly imprisoned.

An expert on Communism says this change signals a more concerted attack on the nuclear family, a pillar of Marxist doctrine.

“This is part of their anti-family strategy,” Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision and Values and a professor of political science at Grove City College,  told LifeSiteNews.com. “Communists have always been against the family.”

Dr. Kengor, who writes about Communism in depth in his latest book Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century, said, ““Marx in The Communist Manifesto literally writes about the abolition of the family.”

He noted in Cuba and the Soviet Union, victorious Communist revolutionaries immediately liberalized divorce and abortion laws. “In fact, it was so bad that when Margaret Sanger made a trip there in 1934, she was shocked at the number of abortions that were going on in the Soviet Union.” Yet both nations were “militantly anti-homosexual” until recent times.

Fidel Castro eventually apologized for his repression of the island’s homosexuals. Now, his niece leads the charge for homosexual marriage and adoption.

Dr. Kengor said the Communists often change party line discipline at the drop of a hat. What this shows, he told LifeSiteNews, is when the Marxist desire to break the bonds of the natural family collide with cultural rejection of homosexuality, “it is the Communist war on traditional morality and faith and the family, that wins out.”

Mariela Castro has couched her crusade for gay rights in revolutionary jargon. Earlier this month, she said Cuba needs to be “more revolutionary” in its treatment of homosexuals. “It pains me that even in revolution, Cuba is not as revolutionary as we would like,” she admitted. She deemed Argentina’s legalization of same-sex “marriage” and other “gender identity” laws “so advanced, so democratic.” 

She has championed a measure allowing homosexual civil unions, which she believes will pass this year, although she is “sad to say is not everything that we would have hoped for.”

She said at the time, “We have inherited a patriarchal family model. We are not capable of breaking with it and we must do so.” 

That revolutionary process is being underwritten by the American taxpayer. In 2011, the State Department spent $300,000 promoting homosexual activism in Cuba. The funds went “to strengthen grassroots organizations to create the conditions that allow meaningful and unhindered participation by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in all aspects of Cuban society.”

The Cuban Communist Party Congress pledged in January “to fight against all forms of discrimination, including against sexual discrimination, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity.”

The same revolutionary process holds true abroad. The Socialist Party USA’s national platform calls for “the legalization of same-sex marriage.”

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‘You can’t have’ marriage equality ‘without polygamy’

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July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Motivated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” a Montana polygamist has filed for a second marriage license, so he can be legally wed to two women at once.

"It's about marriage equality," said Nathan Collier, using homosexual advocates’ term to support marriage redefinition. "You can't have this without polygamy."

Collier, who has has appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives with his legal wife Victoria, and his second wife Christine, said he was inspired by the dissent in the Supreme Court decision.

The minority Supreme Court justices said in Friday’s ruling it would open the door to both polygamy and religious persecution.

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Collier and his wives applied for a second marriage license earlier this week at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, a report from the Salt Lake Tribune said.

Collier, who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for polygamy, married Victoria in 2000 and had a religious wedding ceremony with Christine in 2007. The three have seven children between them and from previous relationships.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," Collier said.

Yellowstone County officials initially denied the application before saying they would consult with the County Attorney and get him a final answer.

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Bigamy, the holding of multiple marriage licenses, is illegal all 50 states, but Collier plans to sue if his application is denied. Officials expect to have an answer for him next week.

While homosexual “marriage” supporters have long insisted legalization of same-sex unions would not lead to polygamy, pro-life and family advocates have warned all along it would be inevitable with the redefinition of marriage.

“The next court cases coming will push for polygamy, as Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged in his dissent,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, after the Supreme Court ruling. “The chief justice said “the argument for polygamy is actually stronger than that for ‘gay marriage.’ It’s only a matter of time.”

In a piece from the Washington Times, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and the co-founder of Voice of the Family John-Henry Westen stated the move toward legal polygamy is “just the next step in unraveling how Americans view marriage.”

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Chris Christie: Clerks must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ regardless of their religious beliefs

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TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”

In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.

“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said.

He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.”

“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said.

Since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize homosexual “marriage” last Friday, elected officials have grappled with how to safeguard the rights of those who have deeply held religious beliefs that would not allow them to participate in such a ceremony.

Christie's response differs markedly from other GOP hopefuls' responses to the Supreme Court ruling. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has specifically said that clerks should have conscience rights. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order granting such rights and ordered clerks to wait until a pending court case was fully adjudicated before any clerk issues a marriage license to a homosexual couple.

Christie gave up a legal appeal after a superior court judge struck down his state's voter-approved constitutional marriage protection amendment. New Jersey is the only state where such a low court overturned the will of the voters.

The decision to ignore conscience rights adds to the growing number of Christie's positions that give conservatives pause.

The natural locus of support for a Christie 2016 presidential run is the Republican's socially liberal donor class, for personal as well as political reasons. His wife works on Wall Street, and some of the GOP's high-dollar donors – including Paul Singer – have courted Christie for years.

However, this year Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and to a lesser degree Scott Walker have eclipsed Christie as the preferred candidates of the boardroom donors – who sometimes prefer Democrats to Republicans.

Christie also used language during a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, which concerned some major GOP donors.

Christie is reportedly spending this weekend with Mitt Romney and his family at Romney's New Hampshire home. Romney declined to enter the 2016 race himself and may be able to open his donor list to Christie's struggling campaign.

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After having a girl with Down syndrome, this couple adopted two more

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LINO LAKE, MN, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For most people, having five biological children would have been enough. In fact, for many Americans, large families are treated as a scandal or a burden.

But one family made the decision, not just to have a large family, but to give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in the world: Girls born overseas with Down syndrome.

Lee and Karen Shervheim love all seven of their children, biological or otherwise. Undeterred by having twin boys – Daniel and Andrew, 18 – they had Sam four years later.

They now have three daughters who are all 11 years old. All three have Down syndrome.

And two of them are adopted.

About the time their eight-year-old son, David, was born, Lee and Karen decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome to be a companion to their daughter, Annie.

They made the further unexpected choice to adopt a child from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece's Rainbow, which helps parents adopt children with Down syndrome.

“Between my wife and I, we couldn’t get it out of our heads,” Lee told the Quad City Press. “So many children need families and we knew we could potentially do something about it.”

After originally deciding to adopt Katie, they spent six weeks in Kiev, visiting an orphanage in nearby Kharkov. While there, they decided they may have room in their heart, and their home, for another child.

When they saw a picture of Emie striking the same pose as their biological daughter in one of their photographs, they knew they would come home with two children.

Both girls were the same age as their Annie. She would not lack for companionship, as they worried.

Lee said after the Ukrainian government – finally – completed the paperwork, they returned to the United States, when the real challenges began.

“The unvarnished truth,” Lee told the Press, is that adopting the Russian-speaking special needs children “was really disruptive to our family. They came with so many issues that we had not anticipated.”

After teaching them sign language and appropriate behavior, they moved to Lino Lake, Minnesota and found a new support group in Eagle Brook Church. There they found personal assistance and spiritual solace.

Every year in the past seven years has been better and better, they say.

“I think my girls can do almost anything they want to do,” he said, “and that’s what I want to help them become.”

The family's devotion is fueled by their faith, and it informs the sense of humor Lee showed in a tweet during the 2014 midterm elections:

It takes a special person to believe in the potential of the “mentally retarded,” as they were once labeled. Today, 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb will be aborted. The percentage is higher in some countries. Some have even spoken of "a world without people with Down syndrome."

Their God, and their experience, tell them that every child has infinite worth and potential, Lee told local media, and he would encourage anyone to follow his footsteps and adopt a Down syndrome child – or two.

“The message is that it really doesn’t matter where you started or where you came from,” Lee said. “There are endless opportunities for everyone, whether they have disabilities or not. They deserve a shot.”

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