Catholic Reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding Marriage

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SCOTUS to rule on Prop 8 and DOMA today

The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling today:

The Church teaches that everyone has inviolable dignity and deserves love and respect.  There are many ways to protect the basic human rights of all, but today’s redefining of marriage serves no one’s rights, least of all those of children.   Everyone should be treated equally, but it is not discrimination to treat differently things that are different.

The difference is the difference. Men and women matter. They are equal but different. Sexual difference is essential to marriage.

We see the issue as not about equality, but rather about the purpose of marriage. We see marriage as a communal good that through the permanent and exclusive union of one man and one woman can bring life into the world, not one that is simply for the emotional benefit of 2 people.

Marriage belongs not to the State nor to the Church, but is a natural institution which both should recognize. In today’s decisions the State is overreaching in redefining it. 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.

4 comments

  • Matthew Farrington

    I wonder why you are so concerned suddenly about the welfare of children. In addition, religious groups don't get to decide who is equal under the law. That is for the legislative and judicial branches of government of which you can have no part. If you want to have an official say in the workings of the government may I suggest paying for the privilege like the rest of us? No? You don't think you should have to pay taxes because you are a church? Then shut up stick to things spiritual.

  • MyTakeOnIt

    Note to churches and their parishioners:
    Stop thinking that this is going to infringe on anything you do or preach. It has nothing to do with you and does not affect you in any way. If you do not want to hold wedding services for same sex marriages, then don't. Nothing is stopping you from doing so. Please leave others alone unless they attack your institution. Thank you.

  • Guest

    So, the "purpose of marriage" is procreation, then why aren't married heterosexual couples forced to have children? Should a heterosexual couple who don't want to have kids be prohibited from marrying also? When you apply for a marriage license, shouldn't you have to swear an oath or something promising to procreate, since that's the purpose of getting married? After all, we can't have just anyone running around getting married simply because they love each other. That would be ludicrous.

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