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As same-sex marriage becomes more available across the country, the ramifications for the Catholic Church are likely to be ...

It depends on how the church hierarchy responds. If they continue to ignore the more urgent problems in our world, we will continue to lose our young people, the future of the church.

Janet Sagnella

Scottsdale, Ariz.

What we make it to be. The same-sex marriage ship has sailed and is not going to come back to port. The Catholic Church needs to focus on areas where we might potentially make a difference.

Joe Darguzas

Homewood, Ill.

Unpopular amongst the moderate believers, but once you weaken the stand of morality, evil enters vigorously.

Michael Nissen

Kingshill, Virgin Islands

Same-sex couples asking to baptize their infants and children, and asking for usual sacraments.

Linda Wawroski

Chatham, N.J.

To face up to the reality that same-sex relationships are just as natural as opposite-sex relationships.

Paul Schlachter

Miami, Fla.

I fear it will be used as an excuse for driving the church out of the many areas where it now serves the whole community, including adoption, foster homes, and medical care.

Brian Abel Ragen

St. Louis, Mo.

Almost everybody except the hierarchy will be celebrating the joy of these unions, making the church pretty irrelevant in the conversation.

Karen Karn

Plymouth, Minn.

If we accept them, our salvation!

Paul Kelly

Tupper Lake, N.Y.

The biggest advantage of separating civil and religious marriage would be ...

Civil consequences are clearly distinct from a sacramental union. Neither the group of persons nor the conditions need to be the same for both.

Alfred Kracher

Apple Valley, Minn.

None at all.

Peter Waricka

Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

All the same rights and privileges for both types of unions. This is a civil rights issue, and the repercussions for same-sex couples are horrible under the patchwork system that is developing.

Dan Leetch

Pueblo, Colo.

This would make it clear that the Catholic Church is focused on the sacrament of matrimony. …

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