Biden's support for gay marriage matches most Catholics' views
May 7th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
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Biden's support for gay marriage matches most Catholics' views

(CNN) - Apparent White House division over gay marriage – with Vice President Joe Biden saying Sunday that he is “absolutely comfortable” with the idea, going further than President Obama has on the issue – mirrors a nation that is evenly divided on the matter. Recent polls show that about half of Americans favor legalized gay marriage, while half oppose it, with support for the idea gaining significant ground over the past 15 years.

Pew’s latest polling on the issue, conducted late last year, found that 46% of Americans support favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, while 44% are opposed. Support for gay civil unions is substantially higher, with a clear majority of Americans supporting such arrangements.

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BLITZER'S BLOG: Madeleine Albright speaks out on her hidden past
April 24th, 2012
03:44 PM ET
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BLITZER'S BLOG: Madeleine Albright speaks out on her hidden past

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has written a very powerful new book on the Holocaust and her Jewish heritage. She didn’t know her parents were Jewish until she was 59 years old and about to become President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State.

“I had no idea that my family heritage was Jewish or that more than twenty of my relatives had died in the Holocaust,” she writes in “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.”

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Filed under: Faith • TV-The Situation Room
April 24th, 2012
01:40 PM ET
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Osteen: Romney is a Christian

(CNN) – Famed pastor Joel Osteen reiterated his position that Mitt Romney is a Christian on Tuesday, saying as long as the likely GOP presidential nominee believes that Jesus is the Son of God then he subscribes to the Christian faith.

"When I hear Mitt Romney say that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God–that he's the Christ, raised from the dead, that he's his Savior–that's good enough for me," Osteen said in an interview to air on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
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Gingrich sins 'well short of the glory of God'
March 11th, 2012
11:09 PM ET
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Gingrich sins 'well short of the glory of God'

Brandon, Mississippi (CNN) - Newt Gingrich opened up about seeking God's forgiveness during an evening Sunday service in Mississippi.

"There were things in my life that I have been very public about saying were, in fact, well short of the glory of God, and I had to go to God to seek forgiveness," Gingrich said at First Baptist Church in Brandon.

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Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama's faith commitment
February 28th, 2012
10:58 PM ET
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Franklin Graham apologizes for questioning Obama's faith commitment

(CNN) - The Rev. Franklin Graham on Tuesday apologized for publicly raising questions about President Barack Obama’s Christian faith, saying “I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama.”

The statement from Graham came in response to a letter from faith leaders associated with the NAACP that said Graham’s statements “have enormous negative effects for America and are especially harmful to the Christian witness.”

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Pastor backing Santorum claims Romney is not a Christian
February 27th, 2012
05:58 PM ET
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Pastor backing Santorum claims Romney is not a Christian

Lansing, Michigan (CNN) – A Michigan pastor who introduced Rick Santorum at a Monday campaign event in Lansing claimed that Mitt Romney is not a Christian and said Santorum is the one Republican candidate who can awaken "the sleeping giant" of Christianity.

Kent Clark, the CEO of Grace Centers of Hope, a faith-based homeless outreach facility in Pontiac, warmed up the pro-Santorum audience by calling the former Pennsylvania senator "a man who believes in a creator rather than we being the accidental creation of gas and dust."
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Gingrich tells evangelicals: 'We need to stand up for ourselves'
February 26th, 2012
05:10 PM ET
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Gingrich tells evangelicals: 'We need to stand up for ourselves'

Cumming, Georgia (CNN) - Vying for evangelical support in the GOP primary, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum appeared at the same Georgia church on consecutive Sundays.

Gingrich, a former Georgia congressman, is favored to win Georgia on Super Tuesday, March 6, but Santorum, who appears to be gaining ground in other early nominating states, poses a threat to the former House speaker.
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Will they or won’t they wear ashes?
February 22nd, 2012
12:20 PM ET
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Will they or won’t they wear ashes?

Washington (CNN) – “You’ve got something on your forehead.”

Every year on Ash Wednesday it’s how the awkward conversation begins. A well meaning co-worker points out a black smudge on someone’s forehead, not knowing it’s supposed to be there.

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February 22nd, 2012
11:19 AM ET
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Franklin Graham clarifies remarks on Obama's faith

(CNN) - The Rev. Franklin Graham clarified his thoughts on President Barack Obama's Christian faith Wednesday, one day after the evangelical leader took heat over making comments about the president's ties to Islam.

"I don't question the president's faith. I'm not questioning whether he's a Christian," Graham said on CNN's "Newsroom." "I disagree with his position on abortion."

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February 21st, 2012
01:42 PM ET
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Christie explains same-sex marriage veto

(CNN) – Leading up to his veto of a same-sex marriage bill passed by his state legislature, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie explained his decision to CNN's Piers Morgan, and said that although he is an opponent of same-sex marriage, he favors putting the policy to the people.

"I know this is a very emotional issue and a very divisive issue in my state," Christie said in an interview to air on Piers Morgan Tonight Tuesday. "The only way we have to amend our constitution in New Jersey - which is by referendum - let's put it on the ballot and let's let the people decide.

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