DC Catholic Conference on DC Marriage Referendum

May 27, 2009

The DC Catholic Conference supports the goal of the referendum request filed today with the DC Board of Elections and Ethics, which is to ensure marriage in the District of Columbia is reserved for a man and a woman. The DC Catholic Conference has not seen any referendum language and has not signed on to the referendum effort.

We also share the concerns expressed by the referendum organizers that the DC City Council voted earlier this month to recognize same sex unions from other states as “marriages” in the District of Columbia without any hearings or other opportunities for residents to be heard. We would expect better in a democratic society such as ours, particularly when altering something that has such widespread implications for children and families.

Marriage is not simply a union of two people who love each other and are committed to each other, but is reserved to man and woman because of their unique ability to bring children into the world. Civil recognition of marriage protects the rights of children to have both a father and mother, creating a stable and secure foundation for our society.

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

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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