USCCB Subcommittee Chair Decries Serious Injustice In Delaware

May 8, 2013 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—"The Delaware Senate passed an unjustbill that attempts to redefine marriage," said ArchbishopSalvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference ofCatholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

"Theclaim of this bill to redefine marriage is in vain; marriage cannot beredefined, because its unique meaning lies in our very nature. It is also a seriousinjustice to the most vulnerable among us: children," said ArchbishopCordileone.

ArchbishopCordileone went on to emphasize the importance of marriage for children. "Marriageis the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to anychild conceived of their union," he said. "Our society either preserves lawsthat respect the fundamental right of children to be raised by their moms anddads together in marriage, or it does not."

TheDelaware bill also includes further implications of marriage redefinition inthe law. For example, the bill states that terms such as "husband" and "wife"denoting a spousal relationship in Delaware law are to apply equally to personsin an opposite-sex or same-sex relationship. The bill also allows two "parents"of the same sex to be entered on the original birth certificate, thus allowingfor two mothers or two fathers to be on the certificate.

TheGovernor of Delaware signed it into law.

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Keywords: Delaware, U.S. Conference ofCatholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Defense of Marriage

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