"The family - based on marriage between a man and a woman - is the first and fundamental unit of society and is a sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children. It should be defended and strengthened, not redefined or undermined by permitting same-sex unions or other distortions of marriage. Respect for the family should be reflected in every policy and program." - USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, p. 26, no. 46

For the most up-to-date information, please see Defense of Marriage News Releases.

The Subcommittee advocates in all three branches of government:


The USCCB supports the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.

The USCCB opposes the Equality Act which was re-introduced in 2019.

The USCCB supports the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (Inclusion Act) which was re-introduced in both Houses in January 2019.

The Conference commented on the Violence Against Women Act in 2019.

The Conference supported the Russell Amendment to HR 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017.

The Conference supported the Healthy Relationships Act of 2017:

The Conference supported the First Amendment Defense Act:


Three chairmen wrote a letter to the U.S. Attorney General on April 30, 2020 seeking steps to protect people from the pornography industry during the pandemic.


Amicus Briefs:

Resources related to the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (which redefined marriage):

Visit the USCCB Action Center to stay up-to-date on public policy issues, join our advocate network, and communicate with your elected officials. And visit the Office of Government Relations for the wider goals of USCCB advocacy.