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posted Friday, May 31, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 22
Pray for DOMA, Catholic bishops order flock
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Pray for DOMA, Catholic bishops order flock

Fighting marriage equality on par with anti-abortion crusade

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a special statement, intended to be inserted into every church bulletin in the country, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on all Roman Catholics to 'pray, fast, and sacrifice' so that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold DOMA when it announces its ruling in Windsor v. U.S.A.

The bishops have already mandated two weeks of prayers by the faithful for 'life, marriage, and religious liberty' during what they call 'this Year of Faith.' Their latest pronouncement calls for a second so-called 'Fortnight for Freedom,' June 21 through July 4.

COMPARED TO ROE
'A broad negative ruling could redefine marriage in the law throughout the entire country, becoming the Roe v. Wade of marriage,' the bishops say in their latest statement.

'The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has joined with many other organizations in urging the Supreme Court to uphold both DOMA and Proposition 8, and thereby to recognize the essential, irreplaceable contribution that husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, make to society and especially to children.'

According to the bulletin, marriage equality 'serves no one's rights, least of all those of children.'

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in both the Prop 8 and DOMA cases in March, and a ruling is expected within the next several weeks.

Roe v. Wade was the historic 1973 Supreme Court decision that the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment created a right to privacy that protects a woman's decision to have an abortion. Catholic officials immediately regarded the Roe ruling with horror, and have never stopped trying to overturn it or limit its application. By comparing the marriage cases to Roe, the bishops are pledging their undying opposition to marriage equality.

'Be a witness for the truth of marriage in word and action,' the bishops urge Catholics. 'Take advantage of opportunities to speak about marriage's unique meaning in conversation with friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers.'

The statement also includes talking points for Catholics to use when discussing the subject, all of which boil down to the simple statement, 'One man, one woman - for life.'

MOST BACK EQUALITY
While the Conference has authority to issue directions on Catholic doctrine, the question remains whether Catholic lay people will find their instructions persuasive.

A Quinnipiac poll released in March, before the Supreme Court heard the two marriage cases, revealed that far from being anti-equality, American Catholics lead most other Christian denominations in support for same-sex marriage.

Among Catholics, the poll showed, 54% back same-sex marriage, while only 38% are opposed. The results confirmed a jump in Catholic support for equality from December 2012, when Catholics favored same-sex marriage by a margin of 49% to 43%.

'Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,' said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement released with the poll.

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