Oregon Catholic Conference weighs in on Marriage lawsuit

By Portland Archdiocese
The Oregon Catholic Conference Welcomes the National Organization for Marriage’s Legal Motion in Support of the Oregon Constitution’s Definition of Marriage as One Man and One Woman

The Oregon Catholic Conference strongly supports the motion by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene in the federal district court challenge of Measure 36, the 2004 state ballot measure affirming marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Oregon’s constitutional marriage amendment was carefully considered and thoroughly debated prior to its overwhelming passage in 2004. It represents the express will of the people of Oregon and is the duly enacted law of the state. In refusing to defend the law, and contrary to her oath of office, the Attorney General has unilaterally disregarded this decision of the people and has effectively silenced the voices of all the citizens of Oregon who voted to preserve marriage in the constitution as the union of one man and one woman. We are left wondering who will speak for them before the judge in this important case.

The Oregon Catholic Conference sincerely hopes that marriage between one man and one woman, as voted into the constitution by the people of Oregon, will not be overturned in a courtroom without a single voice speaking in favor of it. Oregonians recognize the uniqueness of marriage between one man and one woman. Marriage provides every child with a mother and father and seeks to foster the optimal, loving and supportive environment for raising children. Loving and stable marriage between a man and a woman provides the best foundation for a strong, healthy, and just society. It is worthy of a voice in the courtroom.

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