Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage | Resources

The Defense and Promotion of MarriageOn June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a decision on two questions: (1) whether the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to two persons of the same sex and (2) whether it requires a state to recognize a "marriage" between two people of the same sex when their "marriage" was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared several resources to give additional context before the Court's decision and to encourage continued education and prayer.

Memo: Preparation for Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

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Backgrounder on the Cases

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Open Letter: "Defense of Marriage and Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness"

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Lead Messages on Marriage Redefinition | One Man, One Woman, for Life

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Nationwide Bulletin Insert: Marriage and the Supreme Court

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Homily-help Bullet Points in Anticipation of Supreme Court Marriage Decision

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