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Supreme Court's decisions on marriage "disappointing" -- Bishop Hebda
On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to Californias Proposition 8.
The Court ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defining marriage as between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause, in a 5-4 opinion.
On the same day, a different panel of justices ruled 5-4 to send a challenge to California's Proposition 8 back to lower courts on the grounds that the individuals who defended the law in court lacked legal standing to do so. Proposition 8 is the voter-approved the amendment to the California State Constitution which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
After the decisions were announced, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda released this statement:
"It's disappointing that the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to recognize and uphold marriages unique meaning and its importance for the stability of our society. Marriage as a life-long, faithful and fruitful commitment between a man and a woman has been a great blessing not only for husbands and wives, but also for their children. I believe it is in the setting of traditional marriage that children have the greatest chance of being raised by their own mother and father, who each bring irreplaceable gifts to their childrens lives. It's regrettable that the Court's decisions in effect negated the voices of millions of Californians who voted to protect marriages unique meaning and the legislative process that led to the Defense of Marriage Act."
More information regarding the decisions and the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage and the family, may be found on the USCCB website.