Read testimony from Maryland Catholic Conference
Opposing same-sex marriage bill
“Defending the institution of marriage as a social reality is ultimately a question of justice, since it entails safeguarding the good of the entire human community and the rights of parents and children alike.”
“Children are the greatest treasure and the future of every society: truly caring for them means recognizing our responsibility to teach, defend and live the moral virtues which are the key to human fulfillment.”
Address to U.S. Bishops, March 9, 2012
Maryland Upholds DREAM but Fails to Uphold Marriage
Yesterday, Marylanders voted on two ballot initiatives of critical interest to Catholics. And while, gratefully, Marylanders did vote to uphold the DREAM Act, it is of grave concern to us that the law redefining marriage narrowly passed. The Catholic Church in Maryland had advocated for the DREAM Act and against redefining marriage because we believe these positions reflect what’s best for children, young people, and the future of our state.
Regrettably, Marylanders decided by the narrowest of margins not to repeal the law that redefines marriage. The ballot language they encountered masked the fact that this law does not simply assign civil benefits to gay and lesbian couples, but drastically dismantles in our state law the fundamental family unit of mother, father and child. The people of Maryland were promised that this law would protect religious institutions and individuals who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and we will remain vigilant in ensuring that those promises are upheld.
What is Marriage
In marriage, a husband and a wife make a public and reciprocal commitment, assuming duties to society, to themselves, and to their children. Society and the law reciprocate by bestowing on traditional marriage a privileged status that recognizes the essential role that families play in society. The family, based on marriage, is a natural institution that is prior to the state. As such, the reservation of marriage to the union of one man and one woman is a fact of nature, not a social prejudice.
In recognition of the critical role marriage plays in the well being of future generations and a stable society, the Church advocates for public policies that protect traditional marriage and promote the security of the family.
Parish resources explaining and promoting the redefinition of marriage which will be on the November 2012 ballot.
- Printable flyer for "Marriage: Vote 'AGAINST' Question 6"
- Printable flyer for "Marriage: Vote 'AGAINST' Question 6" (Spanish)
- Marriage Q&A
- Bulletin Announcements
- Bulletin Announcements (Spanish)
- Pulpit Announcement
- Solicitation Flyer
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