The Catholic belief that marriage is between one man and one woman remains unchanged. It is rooted in the universal teachings of the Church, which are informed by natural law, human reason, and the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ.
Catholic teaching maintains that marriage’s essential public purpose is to help protect a child’s fundamental right to be known and cared for by his or her mom and dad, to whatever extent possible. Not all marriages have children, but all children have a mom and a dad. And while there are many types of valuable, loving relationships, marriage is more.
All citizens should care about the government’s treatment and definition of marriage because civil authorities are charged with promoting the well-being of children and the broader common good, and marriage is indispensable for both purposes.
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What Can You Do?
- November 4: Marriage and Family Life
- The Defense of Marriage and the Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness
- Homosexuality and Reparative Therapy (NCBC)
- An Open Letter to the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives from Interfaith Religious Leaders Urging Lawmakers to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Bill
- MCC Informational Statement on MN Marriage Amendment Activities
In the News
- Bishop John Quinn’s response to Supreme Court ruling on marriage
- Bishop Hoeppner’s statement regarding the United States Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges
- USCCB: Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference
- News Release (USCCB): USCCB President Comments on Supreme Court’s Oral Arguments on Marriage
- News Release (USCCB): Faith Leaders Reaffirm Commitment to Marriage and Religious Liberty
Video and Other Media
- CST Video #1 – “Life and Dignity of the Human Person”
- Video: What about the other children of parents in same-sex relationships who say they’re fine?
- MSNBC spot with Ryan T. Anderson on Upcoming Supreme Court Marriage Rulings
- News Release (USCCB): Bishops Urge Catholics to Pray for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
- CANADA: A Look at Minnesota’s Future Without the MN Marriage Protection Amendment