In representing one of the states directly affected, the Michigan Catholic Conference issued a statement immediately after the Supreme Court decision. Executive Director Paul Long said, “Marriage is the foundation for a just society; it is the only institution that unites children with their mother and father together. For the sake of the common good, and to secure the fundamental building block for all of humanity, we pray the Supreme Court will inevitably find traditional marriage amendments constitutional both in Michigan and throughout the nation.”
The Missouri Catholic Conference played a leading role in passing a constitutional amendment in 2004, which defined marriage as between one man and women. The amendment passed with 70 percent voter approval.