Wednesday, June 26, 2013
"Government is ultimately powerless to redefine human nature"
Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington on the Supreme Court Rulings Regarding Marriage
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 26, 2013
Upon initial review, the Archdiocese of Washington finds very troubling that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and chose not to rule on the question of same-sex marriage in California. The apparent outcome of these decisions is that the federal government may not set parameters for the definition of marriage, but instead must leave that power to the states. The Court, in effect, has pointed out both the power of civil government and its limitations. We believe that although government might choose to use the word marriage to apply to a whole range of unions of people, it cannot change what marriage is in its veryessence.