In the news this week, the state of Oregon removed its ban on gay marriage.
I'm surprised that people are so surprised over this. I saw this coming three months ago, when they announced the case would go before a judge, and the attorney general decided not to defend it in court. Did anyone seriously expect the judge to rule in favor of the side without any attorneys?
The Catholics in Oregon seem unsure how to react to the news. On one hand, it's good for gay people have to have the same rights as non-gays. On the other hand, Oregon's legal definition of marriage as a contract between two individuals doesn't sync up with the Church's legal definition of marriage. (Not that the two legal definitions came close to syncing up before.)
I actually think the Catholic Church and the United States need to rewrite their marriage laws. In October, Pope Francis is meeting with the Bishops, in order to work on marriage and family issues. I'm interested in seeing what they decide on doing!