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US bishops laud North Carolina’s passage of marriage amendment

Catholic World News - May 11, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement praising the voters of North Carolina for approving marriage amendment to their state constitution. The amendment, which passed by a wide margin (61%-39%), declares that “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state” and thus prevents the legalization of civil unions as well as same-sex marriage.

“The success of this amendment demonstrates people’s awareness of the essential role that marriage, as the union of a man and a woman, plays for the common good,” said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. “Despite his comments yesterday, I would hope that President Obama would recognize this essential role as well.”

“This is not a partisan issue, but a matter of justice, fairness and equality for the law to uphold every child’s basic right to be welcomed and raised by his or her mother and father together,” Bishop Cordileone added. “I extend my gratitude to all of the people in North Carolina who worked tirelessly to make this a reality. The people of North Carolina join millions of other Americans in affirming the importance of marriage in our society.

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