USCCB: Striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is a “profound injustice”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops just released a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8:


Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. It is also unfortunate that the Court did not take the opportunity to uphold California’s Proposition 8 but instead decided not to rule on the matter. The common good of all, especially our children, depends upon a society that strives to uphold the truth of marriage. Now is the time to redouble our efforts in witness to this truth. These decisions are part of a public debate of great consequence. The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.

Marriage is the only institution that brings together a man and a woman for life, providing any child who comes from their union with the secure foundation of a mother and a father.

Our culture has taken for granted for far too long what human nature, experience, common sense, and God’s wise design all confirm: the difference between a man and a woman matters, and the difference between a mom and a dad matters. While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it.

When Jesus taught about the meaning of marriage – the lifelong, exclusive union of husband and wife – he pointed back to “the beginning” of God’s creation of the human person as male and female (see Matthew 19). In the face of the customs and laws of his time, Jesus taught an unpopular truth that everyone could understand. The truth of marriage endures, and we will continue to boldly proclaim it with confidence and charity.

Now that the Supreme Court has issued its decisions, with renewed purpose we call upon all of our leaders and the people of this good nation to stand steadfastly together in promoting and defending the unique meaning of marriage: one man, one woman, for life. We also ask for prayers as the Court’s decisions are reviewed and their implications further clarified.


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  • http://Catholicvote Susan Bartlett

    Marriage is a vowed commitment before God between a man/male and woman/female to be permanent holy faithful partners unto one another through every challenge in daily life to accept and grow in love desiring to offer the fullness of their transformed selves throw their vowed commitment to God and one another for the entire length of time in the lives of each partner.s promise/vow In the relationship.

    Written vows that circumvent the intent of marriage is not a marriage. It should be called something else. Ie a partnership between whomever of whatever gender until they no longer want to be together.

    There is no reason to “marry” unless their is the willingness and desire of a man and a woman to allow themselves in partnership with God -to be transformed and changed into people through whom God can reveal the truth of Himself in the meaning of love between the Trinity and God’s desire/plan/will for the earth and humanity.

  • J.Seneca

    Putting your puerile acrimony aside,, this is America. Everyone and every association of individuals, including the church ,has a right to freedom of expression. Lawfully attempting to influence the laws of this nation is at the very heart of our Democratic Republic.

    Marriage before the Bible was written was primarily between a man and a woman. Traditional marriage is based on both Divine Law and the Natural Law. This is vindicated by the reality that marriage today is universally recognized as being between a man and a woman.

    “…any two people that love each other. How about 6 people that love each other. Than they get married? what about a brother and a sister? Think before you speak.

  • Shawn

    It’s a shame that all of you Catholics can’t seem to wrap your heads around “separation of church and state.” Why should anyone give two $hits about what your 2000 year old book defines as marriage even though marriage dates back far before that. Marriage should be available to any two people who truly love each other, not just to a man and a woman because the mentally challenged people who wrote the Bible had voices in their heads telling them so.



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