U.S. BISHOPS APPLAUD APPROVAL OF NORTH CAROLINA MARRIAGE AMENDMENT IN FACE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RECENT COMMENTS

The decision by voters of North Carolina to define marriage in a constitutional amendment as the union of one man and one woman "affirms the authentic and timeless meaning of marriage," said Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, California.  Bishop Cordileone, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), applauded the May 8 decision with Bishop Michael F. Burbridge of Raleigh and Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte, North Carolina.

"The success of this amendment demonstrates people's awareness of the essential role that marraige, as the union of a man and a woman, plays for the common good," sayd Bishop Cordileone.  "Despite his comments yesterday, I would hope that President Obama would recognize this essential role as well.  This is not a partisan issue, but a matter of justice, fairness and equality for the law to uphold every child's basic right to be welcomed and raised by his or her mother and father together."

He added, "I extend my graditude to all of the people in North Carolina who worked tirelessly to make this a reality.  The people of North Carolina join millions of other Americans in affirming the importance of marriage in our society."

North Carolina is the 30th state to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. 

The statement of Bishop Burbidge is available online: www.dioceseofraleigh.org/news/view.aspx?id=1486