On June 24, 2011,
the Legislature passed the "Marriage Equality
Act", and the Governor signed the bill that same
day, thus legalizing same-sex "marriage"
in New York. The law takes effect on
Please contact your Senator and Assembly
representative and give them your feedback about
their vote. You can contact them through
Catholic Advocacy Network.
It is especially
important for us to express our gratitude to
those legislators who against the bill.
Here's some sample language that you may wish to
I am writing
to thank you for your recent vote to
preserve the authentic definition of
marriage by opposing the so-called "Marriage
Equality Act". The union of one man
and one woman in marriage is the foundation
of society, and your vote to defend that
definition was an important way to preserve
the stability of society, and to promote the
best interests of children. Thank you.
If they voted to
re-define marriage, express your disappointment
respectfully. You may wish to use this
I am writing
to express my profound disappointment that
you voted to re-define marriage by
supporting the so-called "Marriage Equality
Act". Marriage is a union of one man
and one woman. Same sex couples have
the right to live as they wish, but nobody
has the right to re-define marriage for all
of society. Your vote was a serious
blow to the stability of society, and will
undermine the institution of marriage, which
is essential for the best interests of both
adults and children.
We in the Family
Life Office would like to express our gratitude
to the many people who worked tirelessly to
defend marriage in this legislative effort.
May God bless you.
Clergy and Parishes
The effort to
defend marriage has not ended because our state
has now legalized same-sex "marriage".
Marriage is still under attack in other states,
and in our federal government. It is
vitally important the we continue to
educate the faithful on the real nature of marriage.
some other resources that contain useful information
and background on same-sex "marriage" bills:
We also have sample articles
and homilies by:
William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville
- Fr. Roger
Landry of Fall River:
Charles Pope of Washington:
- Fr. Paul
Scalia of Arlington:
Defend Marriage -- A Campaign from the U.S. Bishops
of marriage as a union between one man and one
woman, dedicated to their well-being and to the
procreation and education of children, is under
constant attack in our nation. Efforts in
legislatures and courts threaten this
institution by seeking to fundamentally
re-define it. In response, the U.S. Bishops
have begun a new initiative,
“Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of
Marriage” with many
resources on this issue. Please check out
Here is a
video presentation from the Knights of Columbus
on the issue of same-sex "marriage" and how it
would affect the common good:
It is often heard
that the authentic definition of marriage is
"indefensible", "irrational", or
"discriminatory". Yet courts -- both
federal and state -- have consistently upheld
the definition of marriage as one man-one woman,
with only a few exceptions. For more
this legal analysis on the constitutionality
of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and
this legal analysis of state marriage laws.
You may also wish
to consult two documents from the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
The defense of
marriage must always be rooted in prayer.
Here is a beautiful prayer for marriage, from
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
(which is also available in Spanish)
we give you thanks for the gift of marriage:
the bond of life and love, and the font of the
The love of husband and wife enriches your
Church with children,
fills the world with a multitude of spiritual
fruitfulness and service,
and is the sign of the love of your Son, Jesus
Christ, for his Church.
The grace of Jesus flowed forth at Cana at the
request of the Blessed Mother.
May your Son, through the intercession of Mary,
pour out upon us a new measure of the Gifts of
the Holy Spirit
as we join with all people of good will
to promote and protect the unique beauty of
May your Holy Spirit enlighten our society
to treasure the heroic love of husband and wife,
and guide our leaders to sustain and protect
the singular place of mothers and fathers in the
lives of their children.
Father, we ask that our prayers be joined to
those of the Virgin Mary,
that your Word may transform our service
so as to safeguard the incomparable splendor of
We ask all these things through Christ our Lord,
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
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