The RCC is being pressured about it's stance aginst same-sex unions, and some of the strongest critics are from it's own ranks. Ted Kennedy calls himself Catholic, but openly supports gay marriage.(And abortion amuk) This can't help. Article Why do you think it's so important, in a land of Church & state seperation, that the RCC needs to defend it's stance to lawmakewrs ? Is it to change the meaning of the word marriage to include these arrangements ? You know the minuite the Church accepts any kind of same-sex union, they will be pressured to endorse openly gay priests, and perform gay marriages. But it's reluctance to even recognize them as couples will eventually be talked about as hate-crime, or discrimination. I wonder why this pressure is being applied to the most important Catholic in New England.