Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion effectively redefining marriage across the country and requiring states to allow and recognize same-sex “marriage.” We are disappointed in, though not surprised by, the court’s decision as it fails to uphold the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and to recognize under the law only such marriages.
Persons with same-sex attraction deserve the respect and dignity that is theirs as human beings and should be treated with compassion and love. At the same time, we affirm the sacred beauty of the natural institution of marriage between one man and one woman and firmly hold that such a marriage most suitably provides for children, the family and the common good.
The Roman Catholic Bishops in the State of Montana hold the position consistently articulated by Pope Francis, including recently during an address on June 8, that complementarity between man and woman is at the root of marriage and the family.
Most Reverend George Leo Thomas Diocese of Helena
Most Reverend Michael W. Warfel Diocese of Great Falls-Billings