California Upholds Traditional Definition of Marriage

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Traditional Definition of Marriage is Upheld in California Court

The Most Reverend Stephen E. Blaire, Bishop of Stockton and President of the California Catholic Conference, released the following statement after California's First District Court of Appeal issued a ruling today in City and County of San Francisco v. State of California, and five other consolidated cases upholding the constitutionality of the traditional definition of marriage:

"The California Catholic Conference applauds the First District Court of Appeal Decision today upholding the traditional definition of marriage and rejecting the idea that limiting marriage to a union between a man and woman is somehow unconstitutional.

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"Both Catholic and Western tradition maintain that marriage is a faithful, exclusive and lifelong union between one man and one woman joined in an intimate partnership of life and love. This union was instituted by God and by its very nature exists for the mutual fulfillment of the husband and wife as well as for the procreation and education of children.

"In its decision, the Court's reasoning could not be clearer. 'It is ... beyond dispute that our society has historically understood 'marriage' to refer to the union of a man and a woman,' they said. 'Courts simply do not have the authority to create new rights, especially when doing so involves changing the definition of so fundamental an institution as marriage.'

"We could not agree more and we thank the Court for making such a straightforward and well-reasoned decision."

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