New Jersey bishops speak out against same-sex marriage
November 30, 2009
In a statement read at all Sunday Masses, the bishops of New Jersey have asked Catholics to pray that the state legislature not legalize same-sex marriage. Because the current governor supports same-sex marriage and the governor-elect opposes it, the lame-duck legislature may take up the issue in the weeks ahead.
“Marriage faces challenges from a society more focused on individual satisfaction than on the Gospel,” the bishops note. “One of the most serious challenges is the current effort to pass bills in the New Jersey legislature that would change the very definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman in order to allow same-sex ‘marriage.’ We must not stand silent in the face of this serious challenge.”
- N.J. Catholic bishops instructing priests to read, distribute letter denouncing same-sex marriage (Newark Star-Ledger)