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Bishops of New Jersey Issue Very Strong Statement in Defense of Marriage

 

The seven Catholic bishops of New Jersey (including the Byzantine Catholic bishop) have issued a very strong statement in defense of marriage. It begins:

Marriage as a union of a man and a woman has its roots in natural law. Throughout all of human history marriage has been held to be a union of man and woman. Marriage as a union of man and woman existed long before any nation, religion or law was established. Marriage which unites mothers and fathers in the work of childrearing is the foundation of the family, and the family is the basic unit of society.

Sadly, the institution of marriage is being challenged by a society so concerned with individual freedom that some view marriage as a temporary or disposable convenience. Now, there is even an attempt in the New Jersey Legislature to pass a law that would change the very definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

As citizens, we must protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Same-sex unions may represent a new and a different type of institution, but it is not marriage and should not be treated as marriage.

What can you do to help protect marriage? Today, we ask all people of good will to do three simple things. First, pray for all married couples and all families. Second, reflect on this important question, “How can I help my family and the families I touch to grow in hope, love, peace and joy.” Third, we ask everyone to reach out to your neighbors, your legislators and the governor with a simple message: “Preserve the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.”

Why should citizens care about the state’s definition of marriage?

Citizens must care about the government’s treatment of marriage because civil authorities are charged with protecting children and the common good, and marriage is indispensable to both purposes. Citizens have the right and the responsibility to hold civil authorities accountable for their stewardship of the institution of marriage. Citizens also have the responsibility to oppose laws and policies that unjustly target people as bigots or that subject people to charges of unlawful discrimination simply because they believe and teach that marriage is the union of man and a woman.

7 Comments

  1. Jenifer
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Very well said!

  2. Mary M Murphy
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    thank you. the church has to be the one to stand up to true marriage and the faithful have to back them every inh of the way.

  3. Posted January 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Good stuff, just a little late. The LDS church said all this 16 years ago: http://www.lds.org/family/proclamation?lang=eng

  4. Karen Grube
    Posted January 28, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    We need to do so much more than this. Ask your congressional and senate candidates if they will co-sponsor an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman/ Don't support any candidate who refuses or only gives you wishy washy answers. Call their campaign offices and ask the question directly, and don't let them get away without an answer. Oh, you may have to hold your nose and vote for one who doesn't give you a great answer, but your call will put them on notice that this should be a priority for them.

  5. Louis E.
    Posted January 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    I handed my "Log Cabin Republican" Congresswoman a text for an amendment that didn't even require one man/one woman marriage,just prohibited the USA and states from being required to recognize anything else,and she didn't get back to me.When I finally caught up to her five months later,she said she was "not directly involved".In her campaign she had said she wanted it left to the states to decide,but in office she was not prepared to constitutionally guarantee states the right to decide,and quietly joined the "LGBT equality caucus".

  6. Apollonia
    Posted February 3, 2012 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    They should fight sexual child abuse within their own ranks and not discriminate loving families.

  7. Jesus Lover
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    It is easy to swim with the current. Jesus rarely did. "Natural Law" Wow! Sounds so academic, and yet, is it?