The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage condemned a federal court ruling that declared a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.
“The federal appeals court in Boston did a grave injustice yesterday by striking down that part of the Defense of Marriage Act that reasonably recognizes the reality that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland. “Hopefully, this unjust ruling will be overturned by the US Supreme Court, for the benefit of our nation’s children, and our nation as a whole.”
“Marriage, the union of one man and one woman, is the cornerstone of society,” he added. “It is also the foundation of a just society, as it protects the most vulnerable segment of the population, children. Every child longs for and deserves a mother and a father, and marriage is the only institution that insures that children grow up knowing and being known by their mother and father. The public good demands that this truth of marriage be respected in law and society, not rejected.”