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Delaware legalizes same-sex marriage

Catholic World News - May 10, 2013

Following a 23-18 vote in the state house and a 12-9 vote in the state senate, Delaware has become the eleventh state to alter the definition of marriage to allow members of the same sex to wed. Gov. Jack Markell has signed the measure into law.

In an April 15 letter, Bishop W. Francis Malooly urged legislators not to support the measure, and the diocese subsequently asked Catholics to contact lawmakers to express opposition.

“The Delaware Senate passed an unjust bill that attempts to redefine marriage,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. “The claim of this bill to redefine marriage is in vain; marriage cannot be redefined, because its unique meaning lies in our very nature. It is also a serious injustice to the most vulnerable among us: children.”

“Marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to any child conceived of their union,” he added. “Our society either preserves laws that respect the fundamental right of children to be raised by their moms and dads together in marriage, or it does not.”

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  • Posted by: jlw5096959 - May. 10, 2013 11:01 PM ET USA

    If we had been opposing contraception -- in programs, in policy, from the pulpit, in the Catholic grade schools, high schools, colleges and universities --- our people would know what real marriage is. But we didn't, and they don't. The reason gay pseudo-marriage seems acceptable to young Catholics, is because we have been silently accepting contraceptive pseudo-marriage for the past 45 years. WE contracepted our relationship with God, and neutered our spouses. Who queered marriage? We did.

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