News Release: Regarding Circuit Court Decision to Uphold Michigan Marriage Amendment

November 6, 2014

(Lansing, Mich.) — Michigan Catholic Conference released the following comments this evening after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld the 2004 Michigan Marriage Amendment as constitutional:

“Today’s ruling is a joyous occasion for many communities and families across the state that have sought to protect the traditional definition of marriage. Those who ruled in the majority deserve applause for applying the rule of law and for recognizing voter intent to secure one man and one woman in marriage. By upholding the Michigan Marriage Amendment, the Court has ruled to protect a timeless institution. We appreciate Attorney General Bill Schuette in his tireless efforts to fulfill his oath of office by defending the 2004 voter-approved marriage amendment.

“It must also be restated, because so many seek to misinterpret the teachings of the Catholic Church, that support for marriage between one man and one woman in no way diminishes the dignity and worth that must be afforded to all human persons, regardless of orientation. Michigan Catholic Conference will continue to affirm the truth about marriage and support any necessary legal efforts that defend the Michigan Marriage Amendment.”

Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state.

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