Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Children and Families

The family, beginning with one man and one woman in marriage, is the cornerstone of society. Supporting healthy marriages and families, as well as protecting against violence, abuse, and other challenges, produces strong communities. MCC supports:

  • Promoting the traditional definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
  • Tax policies that protect and promote the stability of marriage and the institution of the family.
  • Policies that strengthen the long-standing relationship between the State of Michigan and nonprofit agencies in the provision of child placement services.
  • Amending Michigan’s no-fault divorce laws.
  • Policies that combat human trafficking, domestic violence, and abuse of vulnerable persons.

Michigan Celebrates Marriage: Promoting the Family, Strengthening Society

“It is very important to reaffirm the family, which remains the essential cell of society and the church.” — Pope Francis, 7/28/13

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News Releases

  1. Governor Whitmer’s 2020–2021 State Budget Includes Highs and Lows, Says Catholic Conference (02/06/20)
  2. For Second Straight Year, MCC Presented with Three Top Awards for Excellence in Public Relations (04/22/19)
  3. Michigan Catholic Conference Urges ‘No’ Vote on Ballot Question to Legalize Recreational Marijuana (10/02/18)
  4. MCC Urges Michigan House to Pass Legislation that Removes Government Barrier to Marriage (06/07/18)
  5. Catholic Conference Offers Support for House Child Protection Legislation (04/16/18)

Additional Resources

  1. The Word from Lansing Column:
    1. Catholics Emboldened to Fight Abuse, Encourage Healing (11/20/20)
    2. This Election, Let’s Vote, then Act (10/23/20)
    3. Religious Agencies Are Vital Resources for State’s Children (05/24/19)
    4. 2019–2020: A Blueprint for the Common Good (01/25/19)
    5. Reflecting, Preparing, and Acting — Advent and Advocacy (12/21/18)
  2. Proposal 1—Say No to Recreational Marijuana (Focus Essay, 10/2018)
  3. Transportation, Community, and the Common Good (Focus Essay, 7/2016)
  4. Confronting Violence in Society (Focus Essay, 9/2015)
  5. Statement Regarding Decision Overturning Michigan’s Marriage Amendment (Michigan Bishops, 3/21/14)
  6. Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in Our Midst (Focus Essay, 2/2014)
  7. A Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty (USCCB Prayer Intention, 2013)
  8. USCCB Initiative: For Your Marriage
  9. USCCB Initiative: Por tu Matrimonio
  10. USCCB Initiative: Marriage: Unique for a Reason

MCC in the News

  1. Faith Leaders Embrace New Mission: 2020 Census (Detroit News, 05/28/20)
  2. Michigan Supreme Court May Settle Issue of Public Aid for Private Schools (Detroit News, 06/25/19)
  3. Organizations Push for Increased Earned Income Tax Credit (Michigan Radio, 06/12/19)
  4. Opinion: Nessel Threatens Religious Freedom (Detroit News, 04/30/19)
  5. Religious Discrimination is Wrong Too (Detroit News, 04/22/19)
  6. Opponents Speak Out Against Mich. Pot Legalization Proposal (Detroit News, 10/24/18)
  7. MCC CEO Long Elected to National Leadership Post (The Michigan Catholic, 09/20/18)
  8. ACLU’s ‘Petty Lawsuit’ Won’t Help Foster Children, Families Tell Court (Catholic News Agency, 03/08/18)
  9. Michigan Lawsuit Could Imperil Religious Adoption Agencies (Catholic News Agency, 09/24/17)
  10. ACLU Sues Michigan on Adoption Legislation (MLive, 09/20/17)


Michigan Catholic Conference
(800) 395-5565
(517) 372-3940
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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