New Jersey bishops urge faithful to oppose same-sex marriage
August 27, 2009
The bishops of New Jersey are urging the faithful to oppose attempts to legalize same-sex marriage in their state. “Catholics have the right and the responsibility to hold civil authorities accountable for their stewardship of the institution of marriage.,” the bishops write. “As citizens, Catholics also have the right and responsibility to oppose laws and policies that unjustly target people as bigots or that subject them to charges of unlawful discrimination simply because they believe and teach that marriage is the union of man and a woman.”
“Supporting single-parent families, as a just and compassionate society must do,” the bishops add, “is far different than deliberately creating motherless and fatherless families and holding them out to be the same as marriages.”
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