While a majority of Americans celebrate the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Ace and California's Proposition 8, it is important to remember that these decisions do not legalize same sex marriage in states that refuse to allow it.
And that while this should seem to resolve the issue of the legality of same sex marriage for most rational people, there are forces of intolerance and cruelty that are determined not to accept marriage equality because of their own ridiculous fears and beliefs.
“The Supreme Court’s decisions to overturn Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act are the latest in a troubling trend of decisions by lawmakers, judges, and some voters which ignores the fundamental truth about marriage: it is the most valued, most important social unit in our society and as such is deserving of the protection and special recognition societies have afforded it throughout human history. Today’s decisions will undoubtedly have far-reaching consequences, most especially for children, and are another serious blow to the institution of marriage.
“Sadly, the Courts have chosen to follow at a time when our Nation most needs strong leaders—leaders who wish to promote strong families instead of dismantling them. In a society such as ours, the Catholic Church may indeed be counter-cultural in its defense and promotion of a family built on the foundation of a healthy marriage between a man and a woman. Our consistent teaching on marriage is reflective of our respect for the dignity of the human person and the belief that children have the best chance to succeed when raised by both a father and a mother.
“Today’s decisions will also undoubtedly contribute to concerted efforts not just to redefine marriage but to dismantle it, efforts which represent a serious threat to religious liberty and conscience rights for countless people of faith. This threat to religious freedom is one of many, locally and nationally, that has prompted our current Fortnight for Freedom, which we hope will inspire people throughout the country to prayer, education, and action to preserve religious liberty.”
“For those of us who recognize that truth about marriage, it’s important that we become all the more vigilant in defending our right to uphold the basic understanding of marriage and the human person. The debate about marriage is going to continue in our country.”
“Any Supreme Court ruling, any policy decisions legislatively around our country does not change the fundamental definition and fundamental truth that marriage is a unique special relationship between a man and a woman, and it serves society well. Most people still believe that marriage is fundamentally between a man and woman.”