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US bishops urge Catholics to lobby Congress on marriage

Catholic World News - March 11, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ office of government relations has issued an “action alert” urging Catholics to contact their representatives on behalf of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Obama administration recently announced that it would no longer defend the law in court.

“I am opposed to the Administration’s decision to instruct the Department of Justice to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),” the suggested message to representatives reads. “I agree with DOMA that marriage should be between one man and one woman and I believe that the Administration should defend DOMA in the current court cases that are challenging the law. Please contact the House leadership and urge them to use all tools at their disposal to intervene to defend DOMA. Thank you for your support of the institution of marriage.”

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  • Posted by: impossible - Mar. 13, 2011 10:39 PM ET USA

    When a group makes the same mistake over and over again, it is reasonable to conclude that they intend the results of their actions.

  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Mar. 11, 2011 9:18 PM ET USA

    Dear Bishops: Elections have consequences! When you issue a ridiculous document on "Catholic Citizenship," which allows any Catholic to vote for anyone they please, in reality regardless of their views on important issues of life and morality, as long as one feels this is the "best candidate" by criteria of their own choosing, you get what you got! Then you have to ask for petitions, which do no good! The present office-holders told us what they would do and who they are. Are we surprised now?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 11, 2011 4:17 PM ET USA

    The bishops don't understand "Cause and Effect."

  • Posted by: kman - Mar. 11, 2011 1:24 PM ET USA

    How about not electing people that need correction in the first place? Many bishops do not understand this simple, easy way to avoid these problems. Let's have a Catholic voting block rather than a Catholic petition campaign.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Mar. 11, 2011 1:20 PM ET USA

    My US Rep. is Barney Frank. I have written to him in the past about pro-life issues, and engaged in debate with him on those issues. However, I'm going to skip writing to him this time, safe in the assumption that nothing short of Divine intervention will persuade him to "contact House leadership and urge them . . . to defend DOMA."

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