Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington on Maryland Referenda

November 07, 2012

Maryland DREAM Act Upheld
Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington

The Archdiocese of Washington commends the decision of the voters of the state of Maryland to increase educational opportunities for students whose families pay Maryland taxes and who graduated from Maryland high schools to pay in-state college tuition, regardless of immigration status.

The Church’s concern for the immigrant is rooted in many principles of her social teaching, including the dignity of the human person, the option for the poor and vulnerable, our call to living in solidarity with one another, and the importance of developing life-sustaining community. As our country struggles to reform its immigration policy to best serve our people and communities, this law opens a pathway to a brighter future for a group of young people whose dream is to be full and active participants in our communities and work forces.

The archdiocese is deeply grateful to the many advocates for the DREAM Act who worked tirelessly to educate Marylanders on the fairness of allowing immigrant students who pay taxes, work hard, and graduate from our high schools to pay the same in-state tuition rate as their other classmates.

Maryland Redefines Marriage
Statement of the Archdiocese of Washington

The Archdiocese of Washington is disappointed and deeply concerned that marriage in the state of Maryland has been redefined as a result of passage of the ballot issue put before voters yesterday. At the heart of the archdiocese’s opposition to this law is the Church’s unchanging teaching that marriage is a unique, exclusive, lifelong relationship created by God and reserved for one man and one woman. The complementarity of man and woman is intrinsic to the meaning of marriage.

Despite the outcome of this referendum issue, the archdiocese is grateful for the efforts undertaken by those who uphold the traditional meaning of marriage, and will continue to inform and educate its faithful and the members of the wider community about the truth of marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

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