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July 6, 2015 | Volume 90 Number 18

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photo: Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo coat of arms

Bishops DiLorenzo and Loverde release statement concerning Supreme Court Marriage Decision

O n Friday, June 26, Bishops Francis X. DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Paul S. Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington, released the following statment:

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to two persons of the same sex, and requires a state to recognize as marriage the union of two people of the same sex when it was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

photo: Bishop Paul S. Loverde coat of armsWe are deeply distressed by this decision which fails to uphold marriage as the union which unites one man and one woman. This fundamental institution, grounded in natural law, predates any religion or nation.

All persons have inviolable dignity and deserve love and respect. Unjust discrimination is always wrong. However, our commitment to marriage is a matter of justice and fidelity to our Creatorís original design. Marriage is the only institution uniting one man and one woman with each other and with any child who comes from their union. Redefining marriage furthers no oneís rights, least of all those of children.

As Bishops, we believe it is more vital than ever that we share the Churchís consistent witness to the truth about marriage, and we call on Catholics and those concerned for the common good to continue to pray, live and speak out with charity about the true nature of marriage. The truth cannot be marginalized.

We will join with our brother bishops from across the country when we shortly share an additional statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which will provide further analysis.

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