Catholic Bishops in the United States are saying that a recent bill seeking to federally recognize same-sex marriages will target those who have religious objections. The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act which “allowed states to refuse recognition of same-sex marriages from other states.”

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote:

“It is deeply concerning that the U.S. Senate has voted to proceed toward potential passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would essentially codify the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell that found a constitutional right to same-sex civil marriages,”

“The Catholic Church will always uphold the unique meaning of marriage as a lifelong, exclusive union of one man and one woman. In doing so, we are joined by millions of what the Obergefell Court called ‘reasonable and sincere’ Americans – both religious and secular – who share this time-honored understanding of the truth and beauty of marriage.”

The bill is almost assured to pass early next year.

 

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