July 25, 2022

USCCB Urges Opposition to the "Respect for Marriage Act"
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Catholics to contact their U.S. Senators before this week’s vote on the “Respect for Marriage Act,” requesting that they oppose it.

No one should be mistreated because of their differences; however, the Act is an unnecessary federal imposition.  The bill repeals the federal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, and in its place recognizes any marriage that is valid under state law, which could even require the federal government to honor polygamous "marriages" if states move to allow it. At least three cities in Massachusetts have already enshrined multiple-partner domestic partnerships. As Pope Francis has said, children have a right to a mother and a father, and we must never stop advocating for marriage, in which children do best. Further, it is critical to protect freedom for people like small business wedding vendors and faith-based foster care agencies who serve their communities. Please tell your U.S. senators to vote “No” on the poorly-named “Respect for Marriage Act.”

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