Last week, a federal district court judge in Massachusetts decided that DOMA, the national law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional...
Last week, a federal district court judge in Massachusetts decided that DOMA, the national law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided in a narrow 5-4 ruling that the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics was justified in blocking citizens from voting on the definition of marriage because, if passed, it would discriminate against same sex couples under the DC Human Rights Act. This is another example of judicial tyranny -- this time denying the right, guaranteed under the DC Charter, of citizens to vote on policy affecting the very foundation of society.
Every time citizens have had a chance to vote on the definition of marriage they have affirmed the reality of marriage as a union of a man and a woman. By the way, the initiative in question had the same wording as California's Prop 8 and Maine's Question One. The attorneys representing both the proponents and the citizens of DC (59% of which support "traditional" marriage) are considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. As you recall, it was the Washington, DC same-sex "marriage" law that forced Catholic Charities to give up providing services to children who had been deprived of their mothers and fathers. If they continued, they would have been forced to place children with same-sex couples. When a child is deprived of his or her mother and father, a man and a woman are the best people to stand in for the people who were unable to fulfill their responsibilities to the child. To intentionally deny the child of the experience of being cared for and raised by a man and a woman in these circumstances is a second privation, and an assault on the dignity of the child. This is common sense and the teaching of the Church.
Catholics for a Common Good