Angels Do Speak!®: Catholics for the Common Good & Proposition 8

Judge Walker Proposition 8 on Angels Do Speak!®

Judge Stephen Reinhardt on Angels Do Speak!®

New News on Proposition 8 from Catholics for the Common GoodFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2012

THE JAMES R. BROWNING COURTHOUSE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA – “The decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold Judge Walker’s radical decision overturning Prop 8 comes as no surprise,” said Catholics for the Common Good President William B. May.

“We always knew this case would be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Now that the Ninth Circuit has rendered its decision, the case can finally move to the U.S. Supreme Court where it will be decided on sound legal arguments rather than the emotional appeals by those trying to obliterate the only institution that unites children with their moms and dads.”

“The author of the decision, Judge Stephen Reinhardt, is one of the most overturned judges in the most overturned court in the U.S.”

According to Prop 8 Legal Defense General Counsel Andy Pugno, this decision “is completely out of step with every other federal appellate and Supreme Court decision in American history on the subject of marriage.” will immediately file its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“It is outrageous that judges continue to disregard the will of 7 million voters who voted to protect the centrality and integrity of marriage for children and society,” May said.

Federal District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker presided over a show trial about marriage in which plaintiff’s counsel trotted out witness after witness with emotional arguments in a PR attempt to re-argue Proposition 8.

“Failing to disclose that the judge himself was similarly situated as the plaintiffs (in a long-term committed relationship with a same-sex partner), Walker could find no rational reason for the voters to define marriage between a man and a woman and concluded they were bigoted and discriminatory,” said May.

“To reach his judgment about the voters and his decision to strike down Prop 8, he created a new definition of marriage as merely the public recognition of a committed relationship for the benefit of adults. However, the voters of California know that marriage is much more than that. It is the reality that unites a man and a woman with each other and any children born from their union. This is what marriage is; that is what it does. It is a reality that can only be recognized by law and never changed.”

Catholics for the Common Good works for a more just society. It is the sponsor of the Stand with Children Project, a movement promoting marriage and family as an imperative of social justice.

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From Catholics for the Common Good Institute: Attacks on Marriage and Family Increase

From: Catholics for the Common Good InstituteAs Attacks on Marriage and Family Increase
Holy Father’s Message Speaks to Our Mission

Forty days ago, we asked you to dedicate your Lent to marriage and family. During this Triduum, as we “ascend to the heights of Calvary” with Christ, let us join in his passion and death, and the hope and joy that come with his resurrection. Let us ask him for the grace to help us combat the forces that we are dealing with.

President Obama’s recent decision not to defend The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was based on his Administrations’ stated policy that there is no legitimate government interest in marriage for the raising of children by both of their biological parents, which was Congress’ justification for defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

There is legislation pending in the California Assembly, SB 48, that, if passed, would sexualize the social studies curriculum even in elementary schools by changing textbooks to highlight contributions by gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered people. It is one of many proposed laws that are geared to contribute to the curriculum that is already undermining the understanding of love, relationships, marriage, and family for millions of California children.

We are disturbed by these things and grow restless. If we are not careful this can lead to despair and a sense of hopelessness.

Pope Benedict, in his homily today for the Chrism Mass, shared this reflection:
“Our heart is restless until it rests in you”, said Saint Augustine at the beginning of his Confessions. Yes, man is restless, because whatever is finite is too little. But are we truly restless for him? Have we perhaps become resigned to his absence, do we not seek to be self-sufficient? Let us not allow our humanity to be diminished in this way! Let us remain constantly on a journey towards him, longing for him, always open to receive new knowledge and love!”(emphasis added)
We are restless because we are working on a human time-frame, looking for a human victory. Importantly, the Holy Father is telling us that this seeking to be self-sufficient, focusing on our detractors and those who are undermining the foundations of society, distracts us from our search for God, and therefore diminishes our very humanity.

Just as we enter into and unite ourselves with Christ’s passion, pray that we can enter into the suffering of the victims of marriage breakdown and young people whose ability to form healthy relationships is being encumbered by a corrupted understanding of love, marriage, and sexuality. May we become love—even to our detractors.

As we prepare to defend DOMA and fight SB 48 after Easter, may we never forget that we are roped together with Christ as we make the ascent and work toward rebuilding a culture that promotes the centrality and integrity of marriage for children and society.

We wish you and your family a blessed Triduum and a most joyous Easter.

Bill May
Chairman, Catholics for the Common Good
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