WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The Archdiocese of Washington opposes redefinition of marriage, saying other unions exist, but they are not marriage.
In a statement released Wednesday night, after President Barack Obama said he supported gay marriage, the archdiocese said the complementarity of man and woman is key to the meaning of marriage.
The archdiocese also said it supports efforts by those who wish to uphold the traditional meaning of marriage.
The Archdiocese of Washington opposes the redefinition of marriage based on the clear understanding that the complementarity of man and woman is intrinsic to the meaning of marriage. The word ‘marriage’ describes the exclusive and lifelong union of one man and one woman open to generating and nurturing children. Other unions exist, but they are not marriage.
The Archdiocese of Washington will continue to strongly advocate for the federal government’s existing definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Furthermore, the archdiocese supports efforts undertaken by those who uphold the traditional meaning of marriage.
The Archdiocese of Washington includes more than 600,000 Catholics in Washington and five Maryland counties.
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