The Missouri Catholic Conference issued a statement this week stating that public officials in St. Louis have failed in their duty to protect the institution of marriage and the common good by openly defying Missouri’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This week St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay chose to participate in events directly challenging the marriage amendment in an apparent effort to have the amendment declared unconstitutional in Missouri. The Archdiocese of St. Louis also issued a statement regarding the decision.
The truth about marriage being the union of one man and one woman has been under attack for some time now. This is no surprise to anyone who reads the news. This week, a federal appeals court-the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals-declared Utah’s constitutional amendment on marriage invalid, and another court in Indiana struck down a marriage amendment. The Missouri marriage amendment, however, has not been struck down to date by any court and remains the law; it is disappointing when public officials use their office to openly defy the law of the state of Missouri and contravene the common good.
Although he supports same-sex marriage, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has sought a temporary injunction to stop St. Louis from issuing marriage certificates to same sex couples. For two recent articles on this development click here and here.
Posted: June 27, 2014