Monday, May 19, 2008
CALIFORNIA BISHOPS REACT TO THE COURT'S DECISION
The California Catholic Conference of Bishops, however, "strongly disagreed" with the court’s decision to "disregard the will of the majority of people of California.
"That statute reflected the wisdom of the voters of California in retaining the traditional definition of marriage as a biological reality and a societal good" the bishops said in a published statement.
Proposition 22 was approved by 61 percent of California voters on March 7, 2000. The proposition provided that "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California"
"Catholic teaching maintains that marriage is a faithful, exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman joined in an intimate partnership of life and love—a union instituted by God for the mutual fulfillment of the husband and wife as well as for the procreation and education of children" according to the statement.
The bishops acknowledged "every person involved in the family of domestic partners is a child of God and deserves respect in the eyes of the law and their community. But" they said "those partnerships are not marriage—and can never be marriage—as it has been understood since the founding of the United States"
The statement accused the court of opening the door "for policymakers to deconstruct traditional marriage and create another institution under the guise of equal protection"
Read the whole story here.