Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Marriage Statute

In a decision that makes Pennsylvania the nineteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage, federal District Court Judge John E. Jones, III struck down a Pennsylvania statute defining marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman.   Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, a practicing Catholic, announced afterward that he would not appeal the ruling, given the high legal hurdle the court set for a successful appeal.  He said he believes that marriage is the union of a man and a woman, but that he would fulfill his duty as governor and follow the court’s ruling.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference issued a statement decrying the ruling, stating,
“[t]oday’s decision by one federal judge speaks to the confusion and misunderstanding among many today about the fundamental building block of society: the family…  Yes, marriage is a personal relationship, but it is not merely a private affair between two people. It is a relationship with great public significance and, since it is the foundation of the family, it affects the wider society.”  For more information click here.

The Missouri Catholic Conference joins the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in affirming the idea that marriage as the union of one man and one woman should be defended and encouraged for the good of the spouses, children, and society as a whole.  For more on the Church’s teaching on marriage, click here.
Posted: May 23, 2014

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