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What Now? Message to Marriage Reality Movement Members

By Bill May

On the day of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to redefine marriage as an adult institution and separate it from children and families: 

This is a day that Catholics for the Common Good Institute has been anticipating and preparing for over the last eight years, which has led to the creation of the Marriage Reality Movement, scheduled to officially launch in the fall.

The Supreme Court decision is an outrage for a democracy. Unelected judges took away the power of legislatures and citizens to define qualification for marriage in their states. The justification was based on a series of false premises, which I hope to discuss more next month, and in the end the case was really decided on sentimentality. One of our legal advisors, an appellate attorney, said he doesn’t think he has seen so much public dissension between the Justices, boarding on animus. There is a lot of outrage and it is good to express it.

The frustrating thing and what most of the public doesn’t realize is the full consequences of decision. The Court eliminated the only civil institution that unites kids with their moms and dads and made it illegal to teach that there is unique value for men and women marrying before having children!

God is good and loves us so much, when a bad thing happens I know that there is grace connected with it. Perhaps the grace is that we don’t have to oppose “same-sex marriage” any more. Now with a clean slate, we can get about the business of reintroducing marriage to the culture starting from the beginning.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said something last week that was similar to what Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto said in 2008 when the outcome of California’s Prop 8 was hanging in the balance. Marriage will still exist in reality; but it will just be disconnected from the word.

We may have to call it by another name, but the men and women of the Marriage Reality Movement will not rest until recognition of the sole institution that unites children with their moms and dads is restored in the law and promoted by public and private institutions.

The institution that unites children with their moms and dads is how we describe the reality of marriage.

You might like to look at the statement we sent to the media this morning in which I said

“The time for defending marriage is over.
It’s time to take marriage back!”

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Yours in Christ,
Bill May