LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Diocese of La Crosse Bishop William Callahan issued a statement Wednesday regarding the decision by the Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Marriage is the most valued, most important social unit of our society. As such we must provide, to the best of our ability, all the protection and special recognition it has been afforded by human civilization throughout history.
Marriage, however, is not a human invention; and, therefore, not capable of redefinition by human governments. Marriage has been part of human life from the beginning. Marriage is the foundation of human social and moral life. Therefore, every effort must be made to present marriage and protect marriage as the sacred institution favoring human society, human generation, and human dignity regardless of government's attempts to redefine its identity and purpose.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chair of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, call this a "tragic day for marriage and our nation" in a statement released earlier today. They went on to say "now that the Supreme Court has issued its decisions, with renewed purpose we call upon all of our leaders and the people of this good nation to stand steadfastly together in promoting and defending the unique meaning of marriage: one man, one woman, for life. We also ask for prayers as the Court's decisions are reviewed and their implications further clarified."
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