“Today’s ruling is aSavannah Republican U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston
disappointment to those of us who believe in the traditional definition of
marriage being between one man and one woman. It is also of great concern
to those of us who believe in the traditional role of the court. The more
the judicial branch creeps into an activist role, the more it defies the will
of the people as expressed through their elected representatives and President.
“The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by overwhelming bipartisan
majorities in both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton.
By overturning it without cause, the Court today stepped beyond the
constitutional limits to its power.”
WILTON D. GREGORY, ARCHBISHOP OF ATLANTA
Today’s unfortunate decision by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down part of
the Defense of Marriage Act is extremely disappointing. The Catholic
Church promotes and defends marriage by teaching about marriage’s authentic
meaning as a lifelong, exclusive, and fruitful communion of one man and one
woman. Today’s decision is part of a public debate of great consequence. The
future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.
For the time being, the U.S. Supreme
Court left standing Georgia’s constitutional amendment protecting marriage as a
union between one man and one woman, so there will be no change here.
Catholic teaching protects the dignity
of every human person, all deserving love and respect, including those who
experience same-sex attraction. This is a reality that calls for
compassion, sensitivity, and pastoral care. But no one –especially a
child, is served by marriage redefinition.
ask for prayers as the Court’s decisions are reviewed and their implications
further clarified. The Catholic Church will continue to stand for the truth of
marriage and the good of children.
"This is our moment. So we'll put our hands up, like the ceiling can't hold us!" #DOMA #Prop8 #SCOTUS
ON THE STREET: John Allred, Marietta, 20, student
"Being a Christian male, most people would assume I would disagree. The way I see it, homosexuality and homosexual marriage are two separate issues. . . . [homosexuals who are not Christians and are outside the Church] are held to different standards than Christians are. So long as the decision does not have any negative impact on the Christian community, I don't have a problem with it. All [the Bible] is saying is it's a sin. Everyone sins."