Wednesday, September 10, 2003

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The leaders of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops Wednesday gave "general support" to a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as a union of a man and woman. The 50-member administrative committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, meeting privately in Washington, acted after a strong Vatican call to defend traditional marriage and the decision of Canada's government to legalize same-sex marriages. The bishops said "the church's teaching about the dignity of homosexual persons is clear. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity," but that this does not mean changing marriage laws. Source Associated Press