Buffalo Catholic Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo's Roman Catholic Bishop, Most Rev. Richard Malone, issued the following statement after theU.S. Supreme Court made two key rulings regarding same-sex marriage.
"This is truly a tragic day for marriage and for our nation. Today's Supreme Court decision on the unconstitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) goes against everything human reason teaches us about marriage -- it is the union of one man and one woman open to the birth and rearing of children.
Marriage between one man and one woman is not the same as same-sex relationships. Therefore treating them differently is not unjust discrimination and should not be ruled as such.
Promoting and protecting marriage in the law is essential to securing the common good, especially the good of children who have a basic right to be raised by their own mother and father. If the law does not respect truth, it undermines the common good. Overturning DOMA gravely impacts the institution of marriage and the religious freedoms of those who uphold marriage and oppose its redefinition.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York stated, "The Court got it wrong." We agree that the preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage. Because today's society may not support marriage does not mean that we should not.
We must pledge to work for the restoration of the true meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, as God has created it to be. We cannot surrender to the growing distortion of what God has created marriage to be, even if that distortion has been made law in our own state.
We must urge our leaders to defend and restore the true meaning of marriage. We pray for those who may suffer the consequences of the Supreme Court's mistaken decision."