DC Catholic Conference “Deeply Disappointed” by Superior Court Decision to Reject the Right to a Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage

June 30, 2009

The DC Catholic Conference is deeply disappointed at today’s ruling by the DC Superior Court to deny the right to hold a referendum on whether same-sex marriages performed outside of the District of Columbia would be legally recognized in the nation’s capital. This once again denies residents of the city a voice on the important issue of marriage.

Last month, the District of Columbia City Council voted to recognize same-sex marriages in the nation’s capital in an amendment process that disenfranchised residents of the city by bypassing hearings and resident input. Several residents filed a referendum request with the DC Board of Elections and Ethics challenging the DC City Council’s legislation, which was denied earlier this month and led to their appeal with the DC Superior Court.

As part of an organization that serves thousands of children and families throughout this city, it would be our hope that residents be given an opportunity to be heard on an issue with widespread implications for children and families.

Civil governments have recognized marriage throughout time as between a man and woman because of its unique purpose: to form a stable unit where children are created and raised with the complementary gifts of father and mother. This stability for children in turn forms a stable foundation for society. The DC Catholic Conference will continue to strongly advocate for the long-standing and proper definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

The DC Catholic Conference represents the public policy interests of the Archdiocese of Washington on issues affecting the District of Columbia.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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