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WCC COMMENTS ON FEDERAL COURT MARRIAGE RULING

WCC COMMENTS ON FEDERAL COURT MARRIAGE RULING

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WISCONSIN CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

131 W. Wilson Street • Suite 1105 • Madison, WI 53703
Tel 608/257-0004 • Fax 608/257-0376 • Website http://www.wisconsincatholic.org



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2014


WCC COMMENTS ON FEDERAL COURT MARRIAGE RULING

On June 6, 2014, a federal judge held that Article XIII, Section 13 of Wisconsin’s Constitution,
which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional. This
ruling is likely to be appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and
is not the last word on the subject.

Whatever the outcome of this case, our public conversation over the definition of marriage will
continue. As it does, the Roman Catholic bishops of Wisconsin reaffirm their support of
marriage as defined in Article XIII, Section 13, and as expressed in their letter of June 2006.
They invite others to do the same.

The bishops also encourage Catholics to witness their support for this unique relationship. If
married, they can do this by living out their own marriage vows. If not married, they can support
others who have made a marriage commitment. A witness that draws others to share our values
and invites them to join us in our dedication to this timeless institution is the most powerful
advocacy we can make.

The bishops urge Catholics to witness as well to our belief in the dignity of all people by
engaging in civil discourse on this sensitive topic. We are true to our values when we recognize
the good faith and humanity of all people, whether or not they share our views.

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