Catholics: DOMA decision "tragic day for marriage"
BATON ROUGE - The Diocese of Baton Rouge released a statement by U. S. Catholic bishops today which called the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act ruling "a tragic day for marriage and our nation."
The high court struck down a provision of DOMA which denied federal benefits for gay couples married in states which recognize same-sex unions.
They also ruled a private group didn't have the jurisdiction to appeal a California court's decision that Proposition 8, which sought to ban same-sex marriages there, was unconstitutional.
Today the Catholic Church said the court "got it wrong."
"The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so," the statement read. "The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage."
Bishop Robert Muench from the Diocese of Baton Rouge echoed that sentiment.
"This objective and eternal truth can never be legislated or adjudicated away, and the Church will continue to defend and give witness to this truth," Muench said in an emailed statement.
A 2004 constitutional amendment in Louisiana bans same-sex marriages in the state, and forbids it from recognized those performed in other states.
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