The Roman Catholic Bishops of Virginia, Most Rev. Francis DiLorenzo of Richmond and Most Rev. Paul Loverde of Arlington, have issued a statement in response to yesterday's ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that found that state's marriage amendment unconstitutional.
This morning, the Bishops wrote [emphasis added]:
Last night's decision by U.S. District Judge Wright Allen in Bostic v. Rainey, a case that deals with the Commonwealth's Constitutional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, strikes a severe blow to the citizens of our Commonwealth. It undermines our right, as recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in its recent decision on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, to define marriage and, moreover, ignores the express will of the people of Virginia who overwhelmingly supported the 2006 Amendment to the Commonwealth's Constitution. In striking down Virginia's Constitutional Amendment affirming the institution of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, Judge Wright Allen has not only totally ignored our state's rights under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, she has also redefined marriage to the peril and detriment of our society.
Judge Wright Allen's decision... contradicts the wisdom and understanding of the ages. It strips marriage of its intrinsic meaning and converts it into nothing more than an arrangement that recognizes a voluntary relationship between any two consenting adults. ... [Marriage] is more than a "consenting relationship." It is a union that - alone and uniquely - unites the two complementary halves of humanity, a man and a woman, to cooperate with the Author of Life to create new life. It is a union that alone provides children the opportunity to be nurtured and to learn from both a mother and a father, each of whom brings unique gifts to the family, the fundamental building block of society.
[...] [N]o court decision, either in Virginia or elsewhere, can change that meaning.
God bless these brave leaders for speaking out so strongly in support of marriage and the rights of Virginia's citizens to have their values upheld and respected!