News Release: Bishops Support Marriage Amendment

Minnesotans should  decide the future of marriage in their state

ST. PAUL, MINN. (April 26, 2011)—Marriage between one man and one woman sustains our civil society and promotes the common good.

That is the view of Minnesota’s Roman Catholic bishops, who were encouraged today by the introduction of legislation in the Minnesota Senate that, if passed by both houses, would place a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November 2012.  If approved by the people, the Minnesota Constitution would declare that only the union  of one man and one woman shall be considered “marriage” in Minnesota.

According to Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference-the Church’s  public policy voice-the purpose of marriage is to ensure the well-being of children and, as a result, properly nurture the next generation of society.  ”Reason, science, and experience all show that children need a mother and a father,” he said.

In a 2010 Joint Pastoral Statement on Marriage, Minnesota’s  bishops declared:  ”Our own State’s  constant recognition of marriage is based on the evident fact that only the sexual union of a man and a woman has the natural capability to bring forth new life with the bearing of children. Both faith and reason agree, then, that marriage is an institution central to the life of human society, and touches profoundly on the common good. This committed relationship between one man and one woman calls forth the best of the spouses, not only for their own sake, but also for the well-being of their children and the community. It is neither possible for us to change the definition of marriage nor wise to attempt to do so.”

“Over the last few years, there have been a number of bills introduced in the legislature, as well as a lawsuit, aimed at changing the definition of marriage in Minnesota,” said Adkins.  ”The people of Minnesota should have the opportunity to preserve an institution that pre-dates government and has been the bedrock of society for thousands of years.”

“Let the people vote.”

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