Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco addressed yesterday's bizarre DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) ruling by a federal appeals court panel:
“The recognition that marriage is and can only be the union of one man
and one woman is grounded in our nature, being clear from the very way
our bodies are designed. This recognition obliges our consciences and
laws. It is a matter of basic rightsthe right of every child to be
welcomed and raised, as far as possible, by his or her mother and father
together in a stable home,” Archbishop Cordelione said. “Marriage is
the only institution whereby a man and a woman unite for life and are
united to any child born from their union. The public good demands that
the unique meaning and purpose of marriage be respected in law and
society, not rejected as beyond the constitutional pale. Redefining
marriage never upholds the equal dignity of individuals because it
contradicts basic human rights. The ruling yesterday is unjust and a
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