Today the Supreme Court ruled on two very important cases impacting marriage.  The Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and did not reach the merits of the Proposition 8 case out of California but instead chose to remand the case back to the lower court based on a lack of standing.

I am deeply saddened by the actions of the Supreme Court; justice demands that government at all levels has a duty to recognize and uphold marriage’s unique meaning.  The truth is that marriage is the only institution that brings a man and woman together for life; the roles of a mother and a father are not interchangeable and therefore the laws of this country should reflect that truth and give children the best chance possible to be raised by both a mother and a father.  The institution of marriage is the foundation of society.

The rulings today do not change the fact that Wyoming law recognizes marriage as being only between a man and a woman.  The Catholic Church in Wyoming will work to defend and protect that provision of our law should there be any efforts made to redefine marriage in Wyoming.  The Church will continue to teach the truth regarding the institution of marriage and we will work to safeguard and strengthen the unique meaning of marriage and the best interests of children.

As your bishop, I invite all of us to open our hearts to Christ, who is the Supreme Lawgiver.  Our nation is at a critical crossroads.  As Catholics, we are called to know and live our faith.  We are called to obedience and fidelity to Christ and His Kingdom.  Let us be joyful and credible witnesses to Christ.  Let us follow Him with even greater commitment with the hope of leading others into His Light and Life.

“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.”  (Luke 12:32)

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