Supreme Court Decision
On June 26, the
United States Supreme Court ruled that part of
the Federal Defense of Marriage Act was
unconstitutional. That decision meant that
the federal government would have to recognize
same-sex "marriages" that are permitted under
the laws of the states or foreign governments.
The Court also refused to uphold California's
Proposition 8, which defended the authentic
definition of marriage.
information about the effect of these decisions,
statement by the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops, and these blog posts:
information, see the United States BIshops'
background on Proposition 8 and the Defense of
Marriage Act, and their
campaign to defend marriage.
Clergy and Parishes
The effort to
defend marriage has not ended.
Marriage is still under attack in other states,
and in our federal government. It is
vitally important the we continue to
educate the faithful on the real nature of marriage.
The following resources, which were developed
during the battle to defend marriage in New
York, may be helpful:
some other resources that contain useful information
and background on same-sex "marriage" bills:
We would also
and homilies by:
- Fr. Roger
Landry of Fall River (these can be found on
Charles Pope of Washington:
- Fr. Paul
Scalia of Arlington:
John Nienstedt (Archdiocese of St. Paul -
"Marriage Amendment Deserves our Support"
(Commenting on Minnesota's proposal to
affirm the authentic definition or marriage)
- Fr. Paul
Check, Fr. John Harvey and others from the
Mechmann of the Family Life/Respect Life
Defend Marriage -- A Campaign from the U.S. Bishops
of marriage as a union between one man and one
woman, dedicated to their well-being and to the
procreation and education of children, is under
constant attack in our nation. Efforts in
legislatures and courts threaten this
institution by seeking to fundamentally
re-define it. In response, the U.S. Bishops
have begun a new initiative,
“Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of
Marriage” with many
resources on this issue. Please check out
Here is a
video presentation from the Knights of Columbus
on the issue of same-sex "marriage" and how it
would affect the common good:
It is often heard
that the authentic definition of marriage is
"indefensible", "irrational", or
"discriminatory". Yet courts -- both
federal and state -- have consistently upheld
the definition of marriage as one man-one woman,
with only a few exceptions. For more
this legal analysis on the constitutionality
of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and
this legal analysis of state marriage laws.
You may also wish
to consult two documents from the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
The defense of
marriage must always be rooted in prayer.
Here is a beautiful prayer for marriage, from
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
(which is also available in Spanish)
we give you thanks for the gift of marriage:
the bond of life and love, and the font of the
The love of husband and wife enriches your
Church with children,
fills the world with a multitude of spiritual
fruitfulness and service,
and is the sign of the love of your Son, Jesus
Christ, for his Church.
The grace of Jesus flowed forth at Cana at the
request of the Blessed Mother.
May your Son, through the intercession of Mary,
pour out upon us a new measure of the Gifts of
the Holy Spirit
as we join with all people of good will
to promote and protect the unique beauty of
May your Holy Spirit enlighten our society
to treasure the heroic love of husband and wife,
and guide our leaders to sustain and protect
the singular place of mothers and fathers in the
lives of their children.
Father, we ask that our prayers be joined to
those of the Virgin Mary,
that your Word may transform our service
so as to safeguard the incomparable splendor of
We ask all these things through Christ our Lord,
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
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