Connecticut Bishops Protest Legalization of Same-Sex "Marriage" | Catholics For The Common Good: "Connecticut Bishops Protest Legalization of Same-Sex 'Marriage'
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HARTFORD, Connecticut, October 12, 2008 --Prelates from Connecticut lamented what they called a situation of just four people choosing to redefine the institution of marriage for their whole state.
The bishops decried a 4-3 Connecticut Supreme Court vote on Friday that opens the state to becoming the third to allow same-sex marriages. Massachusetts and California already have redefined the legal understanding of marriage.
A statement from the Connecticut Catholic Conference, offered 'on behalf of the Catholic bishops, clergy, religious and laity of the state of Connecticut -- more than 1.3 million people,' expressed disappointment 'in this close 4-3 decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court, which imposes the recognition of same-sex marriage upon the people of Connecticut. This decision is in direct conflict with the position of our state legislature and courts of other states and is a terribly regrettable exercise in judicial activism.'
'Four people have not just extended a supposed civil right to a particular class of individuals, but have chosen to redefine the institution of marriage,' the statement said. 'The Connecticut Supreme Court has taken upon itself to make a determination that other courts throughout our nation have felt should be made through the political process. [...]
'It appears our state Supreme Court has forgotten that courts should interpret laws and legislatures should make laws.'
The Catholic Conference further warned that the decision 'raises a very real concern about the infringement on religious liberty and freedom of speech with the judicial imposition of same-sex marriage.'
'The real battle in this court case was not about rights, since civil unions provide a vast number of legal rights to same-sex couples, but about conferring and enforcing social acceptance of a particular lifestyle; a lifestyle many people of faith and advocates of the natural law refuse to accept,' the statement affirmed.
The Catholic Conference is now encouraging citizens to vote for a Constitutional Convention on election day, which they hope could pave the way for a definition of marriage as exclusively between a man and woman."