Catholic bishops in the U.S. are concerned that a recent bill seeking federal recognition of same-sex marriage “fails to provide affirmative protection” for those with religious objections.
The Respect for Marriage Act, introduced by the US Senate on Thursday, repeals the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act Passed under former President Clinton, it allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
DOMA was already effectively overturned with the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
“It is deeply troubling that the U.S. Senate has voted to move forward with possible passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would essentially overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Oberfell that allowed same-sex couples to Constitutional Right to Marriage Found,” by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Written on Thursday.
The bishops’ conference expressed concern that the religious exemption outlined in Oberfell would be undermined by the new legislation.
“The Catholic Church will always uphold the unique meaning of marriage as the lifelong, exclusive union of one man and one woman,” the bishops wrote. “In doing so, we join millions of what the Oberfell Court called ‘reasonable and sincere’ Americans — both religious and secular — who share a time-honored understanding of the truth and beauty of marriage.”
The bill needs 60 votes to clear the filibuster, which it is likely to receive.
Supporters of the bill worked on an amendment to include religious protections and clarified that it would not. Legalize polygamous marriages. A source familiar with the matter told Fox News Digital that the amendment included substantial input from Republicans.
However, the assurances have not allayed the concerns of Catholic leaders.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York said, “This bill is a bad deal for many courageous Americans of no faith who still believe and uphold the truth about marriage in the public square.”
“Senators supporting this act should consider the consequences of passing an unnecessary law that fails to provide positive protections for the many Americans who hold this view of marriage valid,” Cardinal added. and lay the foundation for common interest.”
The USCCB elected a new president Wednesday — Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who oversees Catholic ministries in the U.S. armed forces.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson, Briana Herlihy, and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.