N.D. Questioned For Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades says the University of Notre Dame should have waited before deciding to extend benefits to same-sex spouses after federal court rulings legalized gay marriage in the state. The Bishop writes in the diocese newspaper that he wants to see more study of what religious institutions are required to do with changes to marriage laws. Bishop Rhoades says he believes it's important for Notre Dame to affirm Catholic teaching about marriage. Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne says university leaders believe the new policy doesn't go against church teachings by providing the same benefits to all legally married couples. The bishop doesn't oversee Notre Dame, which is governed by an independent board of trustees.