Today the U.S. District Court issued a ruling striking down Montana’s marriage amendment as unconstitutional. The amendment passed in 2004 by a two-thirds majority and states, "Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state."(Mont. Const. Art. XIII, §7).
We applaud Attorney General Tim Fox for his tireless efforts to fulfill his oath of office by defending the 2004 marriage amendment and upholding the will of voters.
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 continue to hold the position, reiterated in an address by Pope Francis on November 17, 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