Comunicado de prensa (CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL): USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Calls Decisions in Oregon and Pennsylvania Travesties of Justice

Archbishop Cordileone says marriage, democracy, children deserve better

Says state attorneys general were derelict in their duties

Reiterates that authentic marriage is the union of one man and one woman

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mayo 21, 2014)–Responding to the ruling by the federal court in Oregon striking down the state’s voter-approved marriage amendment and the ruling by the federal court in Pennsylvania striking down portions of that state’s domestic relations code, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, Presidente de los Estados Unidos. Conferencia de obispos católicos’ Subcomité para la Promoción y Defensa del Matrimonio, dijo, “We stand in solidarity with the Oregon and Pennsylvania Catholic Conferences and all the people of both states. These court decisions are travesties of justice.

The federal court decisions in Oregon, Mayo 19, and Pennsylvania, Mayo 20, join a series of federal court decisions since last December striking down state marriage laws recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Children deserve a mother and a father, and marriage is the only institution that unites children to their own moms and dads,” the Archbishop said. “We need policies and laws that encourage strong, permanent and faithful marriages, and that help young people marry before having children. The ruling in Oregon is another unfortunate example of a serious step backward, but no one is really surprised. As the Oregon Catholic Conference indicated, the state attorney general was derelict in her duties by refusing to defend a law she swore to uphold. Por otra parte, she even argued against the marriage amendment. Por lo tanto, no one defended the law in court. Is this justice, or just a farce?”

The Pennsylvania Attorney General was also derelict in her duties by refusing to defend the state’s marriage laws and making public comments against them. Afortunadamente, other state officials decided to defend the state’s marriage laws in federal court,” said Archbishop Cordileone. “Sin embargo, the judge concluded his opinion by saying that it is time to take marriage laws like those under attack in Pennsylvania and ‘discard them into the ash heap of history.This is a reckless and irresponsible statement. Marriage deserves better, our democracy deserves better, and our children deserve better.

In the afternoon of May 21, Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania announced that the state would not appeal the federal court’s decision.

The statement by the Oregon Catholic Conference is available here: http://www.archdpdx.org/occ/statement%20on%20marriage%20ruling.pdf.

The statement by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference is available here: http://www.pacatholic.org/statement-todays-marriage-ruling/.

Palabras clave: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, marriage, ruling, Pennsylvania, Oregon, CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL, ESTADOS UNIDOS. obispos, Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage

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