Bishops, President on The Supreme Court Decisions
Official statements from our area bishops and from President Obama on the Supreme Court rulings regarding “gay marriage” cases Wednesday (see our coverage here):
The Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is deeply disappointing. It means that the federal law government will recognize same-sex “marriages” in states that provide for it, extending spousal benefits to the couples involved.
Importantly, however, the Court did not hold that the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex “marriages,” thus redefining marriage. Neither the DOMA ruling nor the Court’s refusal to consider California’s Proposition 8 means that Ohio and 31 other states with provisions in their constitutions barring same-sex “marriage” ….
I am deeply dismayed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions rendered yesterday. The repeal of a main provision of the Defense of Marriage Act and the refusal to review a case prohibiting same-sex “marriage” in California have dealt serious blows to the understanding of what constitutes a marriage — a lifelong union of one man and one woman — and thus to the common good of all.
As a society and indeed throughout human civilization, marriage between a man and a woman has been God’s plan to nurture children, the family and the human race. This belief in the truth of marriage has been deeply embedded in our culture and society. Yet by these two decisions, by the narrowest of margins, this fundamental building block of …
I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal — and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law; for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than …
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