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USCCB reacts to US Supreme Court on DOMA


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Date:
6/26/2013

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ABSTRACT USCCB reacts to US Supreme Court on DOMA English Español Français Italiano Português Facebook Twitter Youtube RSS Flickr Fides News Agency L’Osservatore Romano Press Office VIS Vatican Radio CTV From the Pope USCCB reacts to US Supreme Court on DOMA Print 2013-06-26 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Below is a statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' on the US Supreme Court's ruling on Wednesday triking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act. The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. The statement follows. “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 a.......