· The United States Bishops in a document presented to the Supreme Court ·
“Marriage, understood as the union of one man and one woman, is not an historical relic, but a vital and foundational institution of civil society today”. The U.S. Catholic Episcopate stated this in a document presented to the Supreme Court by an amicus curiae brief. After a set of appeals, the country's highest court will examine the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The DOMA is the the federal law promulgated in 1996 which defends natural matrimony. Beyond this, the Court will rule on the current law in the state of California, which does not permit the legalization of unions between persons of the same sex, based on the popular referendum vote Proposition 8, held in November 2008. The verdict by the Supreme Court is expected by June 2013.
The document offers a series of considerations on religious and moral values in the hope of a judicial pronouncement that upholds the traditional definition of marriage, thus checking the current attempts in various states to legitimize unions other than that between man and woman. For some time the U.S. Government has ceased to uphold the constitutionality of DOMA, and consequently, appeals are growing.
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