Tag Archives: Minnesota Marriage Amendment

(USCCB Media Statement) Archbishop Cordileone Calls Supreme Court Decision to Hear Marriage Cases Significant Moment for Nation


  • Marriage is union of one man and one woman
  • Supreme Court’s decision to hear these cases is significant moment for nation
  • Need prayers that Court upholds marriage’s true meaning and purpose

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, responded to today’s U. S. Supreme Court decision to hear the case challenging California’s Proposition 8 and a case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).    Read More…

MCC Statement on the Defeat of the Marriage Protection Amendment


ST. PAUL, Minn. (Nov. 7, 2012)— The Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, is disappointed that Amendment 1 did not pass.  Despite this setback, our efforts to promote and defend the cornerstone social institution of marriage will continue.

MCC’s support of Amendment 1 was rooted in the complementarity of the sexes, the public significance of their ability to procreate, and the fundamental right of all children to be born into an intact family with a married mother and a father, even though this is not always possible. These basic human truths remain with or without the passage of this amendment.

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Star Tribune: The Church is right to speak out

(Op Ed by executive director of Minnesota Catholic Conference Jason Adkins, appearing in the October 23 issue of the Star Tribune.)

by Jason Adkins

Many religious communities have been advocating for or against the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment. However, the Catholic Church and her bishops appear to have been singled out for inaccurate and unjust criticism. It is necessary to set the record straight about what the church is and is not doing in the marriage-amendment debate.

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MCC News Release: Matt Birk Speaks on Importance of MN Marriage Amendment in New Online Video

NFL Star and Minnesota Native Talks about the Importance of Moms and Dads, Risk of Marriage Redefinition in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Oct. 1, 2012)—National Football League (NFL) all-pro Matt Birk discusses his belief in marriage as between a man and a woman, and its importance as a cornerstone social institution in a new online video launched by the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC). In the video, the 2012 NFL Man of the Year, Minnesota native, and practicing Catholic talks about the importance of both mothers and fathers for children, the pending court case in Minnesota’s Hennepin County to redefine marriage, and his personal reasons for deciding to speak publicly on the issue of marriage redefinition.

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MCC Media Statement: Regarding the Statewide Marriage Amendment Mailing from Minnesota Bishops

Every Catholic household in Minnesota was or will be mailed a letter from their respective bishop encouraging them to vote “Yes” for the marriage amendment, and briefly explaining why the amendment is needed. In most instances, the letter also invites the recipient to make a contribution to Minnesota for Marriage, the campaign created by a diverse coalition of leaders and groups to pass the marriage amendment. The proceeds from the contributions will be used for mass outreach in the final weeks of the campaign.

Due to the many requests from “Catholics in the pew,” the Minnesota Catholic Conference (MCC) wanted to provide Catholics with the opportunity to financially support the passage of the amendment and to send a contribution to where it will be most effective. With the exception of the dioceses of St. Cloud and Crookston, which had second-plate collections last spring, Minnesota Catholics had not been directly asked by the Church for funds to support pro-marriage amendment outreach.

No collection plate revenue, annual appeal proceeds, or parish assessments in any diocese have been used for pro-marriage amendment activities. The mailing was coordinated and paid for by MCC.

The following are the electronic samples of the diocesan letters:

Diocese of Crookston

Diocese of Duluth

Diocese of New Ulm

Diocese of Saint Cloud

Diocese of Winona

Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis


Social science data and commentary

Sample social research and commentary


Marriage & Religion Research Institute, a project of the Family Research Council
An institute dedicated to making available the social science data and research on the impact of marriage and religious practice on the lives of children and the nation. They recently released: 162 Reasons to Get Marriage based on their research findings.

The Marriage Library, a Project of the Ruth Institute
A collection of news, commentary and research on all aspects of the current Marriage Movement, including a recent article on the economics of same-sex marriage  from Douglas Allen, an expert on the economics of social institutions.

Public Discourse: Ethics, Law, and the Common Good
An online publication of the Witherspoon Institute that seeks to enhance the public understanding of the moral foundations of free societies by making the scholarship of the fellows and affiliated scholars of the Institute available and accessible to a general audience (see example “Marriage and the Public Good: Ten Principles“,  Coming Apart: The State of White America).



Pioneer Press: In marriage amendment vote, a focus on the future

(by Doug Belden)
June 30, 2012

Minnesotans are not deciding this November whether same-sex couples can marry.

They can’t, under state law, and the outcome of the vote will do nothing to change that.

So, what’s the point?

What’s at stake, say advocates on both sides, is how Minnesota will be set up to grapple with gay marriage in the future.

To Jason Adkins, vice chairman of the campaign supporting the proposed amendment, the vote is the public’s chance to weigh in before the “elites” get a chance to redefine marriage through the courts or Legislature…. Click here for the full article.

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Archbishop Nienstedt Talks Marriage With National Catholic Register

(by Jessica)

As efforts to legalize same-sex marriage advanced in Washington state, New Jersey and Maryland, Archbishop Nienstedt addressed the issue with National Catholic Register correspondent Barb Ernster. Following are some highlights from the article in which the Archbishop shares backgrounds on why the Catholic Church in Minnesota supports the Minnesota Marriage Amendment is encouraging Catholics to vote “yes” in November. Read More…

Design With a Purpose

(by Jessica)

In a 2007 Angelus address on the relationship between faith and reason, Pope Benedict XVI said, “When man limits his thoughts to only material objects … he closes himself to the great questions about life, himself, and God … While modern science has granted mankind numerous benefits, it has also led many to believe that the only real things are those which can be experimented with.”

For Catholic Christians, scientific truths can reveal theological truths. The Catholic understanding of “sexual complementarity,” for example, is a theological explanation of sexuality and biology. My current favorite blogger Steve Gershom, of Catholic, Gay and Feeling Fine, Thanks, wrote, “The Church believes, and I believe, in a universe that means something, and in a God who made the universe—made men and women, designed sex and marriage from the ground up.” Yep, you got it.

When we talk about the theology behind our bodies, we’re not merely talking about who is sexually attracted to whom and whether it is wrong or right. We are talking about the fact that both men and women have distinct and irreplaceable roles in our world. If you believe that God played a role in designing the universe, it’s really not all that far-fetched to think that God had a design strategy, is it? C’mon.

Because, as Christians, we think that God loves every one of us and that we are equally important to Him, we can reasonably conclude that He designed us with an idea of what would best lead to our individual, ultimate fulfillment. No one on this blog is saying that God doesn’t love people with same-sex attraction or doesn’t want them to be happy, or that they shouldn’t be afforded their basic human rights, love and respect. That’s just plain hooey. There simply comes a point when we need to honestly ask what the material (our bodies) tells us about the immaterial (our ultimate purpose).

But that’s just theology talk. So, here’s a little science talk from a RealClearPolitics article that points to the idea that both men and women—moms and dads—play complementary, irreplaceable roles in keeping humanity moving along. Frankly, it’s pretty unsurprising, but for some reason, we need to keep remind ourselves of this:

In an intriguing set of empirical studies just published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, a team of social scientists led by professor Sanne Nauts shows that the mere prospect of speaking with an unknown woman reduces men’s (but not women’s) performance on cognitive tasks.

In the first study, 71 college students at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands were asked to complete a “lip-reading task” while supposedly being observed on a webcam by an unseen researcher who would instant message them. When the alleged researcher messaging them was named “Lisa,” the men performed worse than when the purported observer messaging them had a male name.

In a second study—this one involving 90 students—the researchers decided to create even more distance between actual interaction with a woman to see if merely imagining that they were about to interact with a woman could affect men’s cognitive performance.

As in the first study, participants were escorted to a cubicle by an experimenter of their own sex, ostensibly to collect stimulus materials for a study on lip reading.

Then the students were merely told they were being observed by a researcher named either Danielle or Daan, who would turn on the webcam and send them an instant message. That never happened. Nonetheless, the mere idea they might soon be messaging with an unknown woman whose attractiveness they could not evaluate caused in the men what the researchers call “cognitive impairment.”

The authors attribute this to the cognitively costly effect of impression management, which leaves less brain energy for other tasks:

“Men seem so strongly attuned to mating opportunities that they were influenced by rather subtle cues to a woman, even in the absence of clear information about her,” they note. “Casually mentioning a female instead of a male name was sufficient to impair men’s cognitive performance.”

It may just be that firing up the reward systems of the brain makes men less focused on the task at hand. The authors cite a 2004 study led by Bram Van den Bergh, intriguingly titled “Bikinis Instigate Generalized Impatience in Intertemporal Choice.” After men were shown photos of women in lingerie or swimsuits, they became generally more impulsive—e.g., they tended to prefer a little cash now to more cash down the road.

The author then observes that:

The most interesting thing is that the inverse is not true for women. On average, women who were told they would interact with men did not perform any differently on cognitive tasks than women who were told they would be interacting with women.

Gender simply matters less to women.

Unlike men, women have a category called “human” in which gender (while recognized) is relatively unimportant. As a hypothesis for future busy research scientists, I offer the suggestion that this may be due to the primacy of maternity in women’s evolutionarily adapted brain structure. The category “my baby” is way more important than the gender of a child to the mother.

And then surmises:

Men and women really are different. Not only our bodies, but our brains react differently.

Suppressing reality in the interests of ideology doesn’t help women—it just makes us all act in dumber and dumber ways. 

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