Maryland House Decides to Redefine Marriage

February 18, 2012

The close vote by the Maryland House of Delegates to drastically alter the state’s longstanding definition of marriage is truly regrettable. The Archdiocese of Washington opposes the redefinition of marriage based on the clear understanding that the complementarity of man and woman is intrinsic to the meaning of marriage.

The redefinition of marriage would subvert the privileged place of this institution in the State of Maryland – a privilege which has been recognized by all times on the basis of the procreative nature of marriage – and lead to the further erosion of society’s most valued and important social unit, the family.

The word marriage describes the exclusive and irreplaceable union of one man and one woman for life with the possibility of generating and educating children. Other unions exist, but they are not marriage.

As this legislation moves to the Senate, hopefully legislators will very seriously consider how to balance the rights that this bill will create against the existing rights of religious communities and individuals. The Archdiocese of Washington will continue to strongly advocate for the longstanding and proper definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Chieko Noguchi
Office of Communications
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