CCG Responds to Shocking U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage

WASHINGTON, January 19, 2011 — The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear an appeal over the right of District of Columbia citizens to vote on the legal definition of marriage in the case Jackson v. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (known as Jackson II). William B. May, Chairman of Catholics for the Common Good found the decision "shocking" in a statement released today. The Court made its decision without comment.

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"The Court’s decision," May said, "effectively upheld the finding of the Washington Human Rights commission that it would be discriminatory to even give citizens a choice to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.”

“What many people do not seem to realize is the real issue at play here has little to do with homosexuality or “gay” lifestyles. The question is whether marriage is merely a committed relationship for the private interests of adults, the definition implicit in same-sex “marriage”, or whether it unites a man and a woman with each other and any children that come from their union.”

“The consequences of changing the definition of marriage have broad ramifications for how the value of marriage to children and society is perceived and will affect decisions people make about marriage in their own lives. Already, 41% of children born today are deprived of a mother and father who have first chosen to make themselves irreplaceable to each through marriage. This is a human tragedy and a violation of the rights of the child.”

“In America, we respect the right to vote,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks. "That right is explicitly protected by the D.C. Charter, but the government has succeeded for now in suppressing the voice of D.C. citizens “We had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would restore this guaranteed right in the district.  The four dissenting judges in the D.C. Court of Appeals decision were correct that the D.C. Council ‘exceeded its authority’ when it imposed an unwarranted limitation on the citizens’ right to vote.  We will remain diligent in looking for other legal opportunities to protect and defend the right of all D.C. residents to have their voices heard as the D.C. Charter clearly intended.”

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