WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015)—The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments April 28, on the constitutionality of states defining and recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
An Open Letter from Religious Leaders to All in Positions of Public Service (PDF Version)
Released April 23, 2015
At this significant time in our nation’s history with the institution of marriage before the United States Supreme Court, we reaffirm our commitment to promote and defend marriage—the union of one man and one woman. As religious leaders from various faith communities, we acknowledge that marriage is the foundation of the family where children are raised by a mother and a father together. Our commitment to marriage has been expressed on previous occasions, including the Letter of Shared Commitment and Letter on Marriage and Religious Liberty. This commitment is inseparable from affirming the equal dignity of all people and the necessity of protecting their basic rights.
WASHINGTON D.C. (April 23, 2015)—A few days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the rights of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, more than 30 religious leaders representing diverse faith communities throughout the United States have reaffirmed their shared commitment to marriage and religious freedom. An open letter entitled “The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness” was issued to all in positions of public service on April 23.
The Visitor: State’s Catholic bishops highlight policy priorities in meetings with governor, legislators
(by Joe Towalski)
March 6, 2015
For Bishop Donald Kettler and the other Catholic bishops of Minnesota, spending a “day on the hill” March 5 with Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers was an important opportunity to talk about the church’s public policy priorities, exchange ideas and look for common ground on key issues.
Religious liberty is for all Americans, including child welfare providers
Inclusion Act remedies unjust discrimination
Parental choice among adoption agencies needs to be protected
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 31, 2014)–Three chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave their strong support for the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014, which was introduced on July 30 by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) in the U.S. Senate.
News Release (USCCB): USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Calls Decisions in Oregon and Pennsylvania Travesties of Justice
Archbishop Cordileone says marriage, democracy, children deserve better
Says state attorneys general were derelict in their duties
Reiterates that authentic marriage is the union of one man and one woman
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2014)–Responding to the ruling by the federal court in Oregon striking down the state’s voter-approved marriage amendment and the ruling by the federal court in Pennsylvania striking down portions of that state’s domestic relations code, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, said, “We stand in solidarity with the Oregon and Pennsylvania Catholic Conferences and all the people of both states. These court decisions are travesties of justice.”
Please go here to read this article from the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).
(by Joan Desmond Frawley)
August 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The latest proposal for redefining marriage just surfaced in The Washington Post, with an op-ed suggesting that 21st-century couples sign up for short-term “wedleases” rather than take vows that affirm a lifelong commitment “until death.”
(by Jason Adkins)
July 31, 2013
On Aug. 1, the state of Minnesota will begin to legally recognize same-sex unions as “marriages.” The social, legal and cultural consequences of the redefinition of marriage have been discussed numerous times in this forum and in others.
Confusion remains, however, as to the effect of this law on churches, ministries, charities, educational institutions and persons who continue to assert that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Read More…
(by Jason Adkins)
June 6, 2013
Minnesota and France redefined marriage in the same week, yet the differences in public reaction to this decision in both places could hardly be starker.