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San Francisco archbishop calls for passage of federal marriage amendment

February 20, 2014

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, the chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, offered strong support for a marriage protection amendment to the Constitution.

“An amendment to the US Constitution is the only remedy in law” against “judicial activism that may ultimately end with federal judges declaring that the US Constitution requires states, and consequently the federal government, to redefine marriage,” the prelate said in a letter to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), the proposed amendment’s chief sponsor.

“Just as Roe v. Wade mandated a constitutional right to abortion throughout the country, we now have the possibility of another bad decision mandating a constitutional change in the meaning of marriage in order to promote (at least to begin with) ‘marriages’ between two people of the same sex throughout the country,” Archbishop Cordileone continued. “Your proposed Marriage Protection Amendment to the US Constitution is, therefore, a needed remedy.”


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Feb. 20, 2014 8:28 PM ET USA

    An amendment is not likely. Look to states like Virginia and those that have already abandoned the fight. Politicians are running away with the exception of the relatively few who continue in principled fortitude. The fundamentals are not there. As it is difficult to have an effective basketball team that cannot dribble, shoot or defend, it is also difficult to persevere in a struggle without principles. Back to the basics and then build. This will not be easy nor will it be expeditious.