marriage violates religious and natural understanding of marriage
Bishop Pfeifer’s statement:
"President Obama’s unequivocal support for the redefinition of marriage is very disturbing and saddening. The President’s position on same-sex marriages goes against the basic biblical teaching that a true marriage is a sacred union of one man and one woman, and the constant Judeo-Christian understanding of the natural and religious meaning of the union of marriage. The president’s decision undermines the institution of marriage, which is the very cornerstone of our society. As the meaning of marriage is established by a Divine authority, no human being is granted the authority to change the long-held unique and inestimable value of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
“Several months ago, President Obama made the decision to abandon support for the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA] which caused great sadness among people who believe that a true marriage is designed by God and understood for millennia and across cultures as a union of one man and one woman.
“Unfortunately President Obama’s latest decision is not surprising because of actions already taken by his Administration that erode the unique meaning of marriage.
“The Catholic Bishops stand firmly ready to affirm every positive measure taken by our government to strengthen marriage and family. Within the Church, marriage and family are a primary ministry, and we will take every action to teach and preach about the sacredness of marriage as designed by God. “