Bishops join evangelicals, others in urging House to defend DOMA
March 07, 2011
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, chairman of the US bishops’ committee on ecumenical and interreligious affairs, and Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, chairman of the bishops’ ad hoc committee on defense of marriage, have called upon the US House of Representatives to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court cases. The Obama administration announced recently that it would no longer defend the 1996 law against legal challenges.
“By choosing to no longer defend DOMA in federal court because it believes the law to be unconstitutional, the Obama Administration has undermined the rule of law and the separation of powers,” the bishops said. “The House has the authority to rectify this lapse in judgment. We implore you to lead the House to take the important, necessary step to protect American law, American families, and American values by defending DOMA and protecting the true meaning of marriage.”
The bishops were joined by evangelical, Southern Baptist, traditional Anglican, Foursquare Gospel, and Sikh leaders.