Pray for the Supreme Court this Morning

Friends, the Supreme Court will be announcing its ruling this morning at 10 a.m. on two cases related to the definition and purpose marriage. The first of these cases involves DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, which President Clinton signed into law in 1996 after Congress had passed it with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. The second case deals with California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 state constitutional amendment in which the citizens of California voted to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Here and here are helpful articles on how to prepare so that you can be ready to respond to today’s decision, and here is a great infographic produced by the Heritage Foundation that illustrates what is at stake.

Let’s all pray together and get ready to respond to whatever decision the Supreme Court makes today. St. Joseph, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Maximilian Kolbe, patron saints of families, pray for us! Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us!

 

  • Donalbain

    O happy day! O happy day!

    • Kat0427

      Donalbain, of course you know that I will have to respectfully disagree with you. I feel that this is a disturbing day for our country for a number of different reasons.

      Here is a reaction from Ryan Anderson over at Heritage for anyone who is interested:

      http://blog.heritage.org/2013/06/26/supreme-courts-mixed-decision-on-marriage/

      • Donalbain

        Sorry, with all your talk about families, and how important marriage is, I had assumed you would be in FAVOUR of anything that strengthened the families of gay people and gave them greater access to all the good things that come with marriage. My mistake.

        • Kat0427

          Donalbain, are you a regular reader of our blog? If so, you will know that we try to have civil, constructive conversations. In my experience, conversations that begin with sarcasm don’t produce any good fruit. Given your former comment, which we did not publish because there was nothing helpful about it, I am worried that you are coming with a spirit of vindictiveness. If you’re open to having a conversation, please let me know and I’m happy to engage you. Otherwise, we will get nothing constructive accomplished here.

        • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

          Donalbain,

          I encourage you to spend some time reading this blog, and particularly reading other Catholic writers/thinkers on this issue. And then I’d ask that if you want to question our position and engage us in a dialogue on what is best for children and families, you do so with a spirit of respect and charity. People of goodwill can disagree and still have a respectful conversation.

          • Donalbain

            OK. As soon as you can show any evidence that children are harmed by gay marriage, let me know.

          • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

            We can go back and forth with social science data, but at the end of the day, you need a man and a woman to make a baby. Gender matters. In an ideal world, that man and woman would love their child and provide that child with a mother and a father. Men and women are different, and unique, and each have something special that they bring to a child. Fathers matter. Mothers matter. Neither one is disposable. To deprive a child of either, because of an adult’s sexual preference, isn’t ideal. A gay man wrote the following piece, and I will share it for you to read and think about. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/03/9432/

          • Kat0427

            Here is a research study done by Mark Regenerus and published in the journal Social Science Research in 2012 – How Different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships?
            http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049089X12000610

          • Donalbain

            Sorry, none of the people in that study were in a gay marriage. Try again.
            Also the study was so poor that it was withdrawn because of disastrously bad methodology.

          • Kat0427

            No, there were no gay married couples in the study because we don’t have long-term data on gay married couples yet. However, children of a gay married couple would be living with two moms or two dads, and this study covered those relationships. We don’t know many of the long-term effects on children of being raised by married gay parents, but we can infer from the research that HAS been done (and from the large body of research that has shown that children do best with a mom and a dad, compared to other parenting situations) that many of the outcomes will be less than ideal. We are subjecting children to being part of a social experiment, and it is unfair to them.

            As for the methodology of the study, I have read through the study and believe that the methodology is quite sound. The sample size was larger and much more randomized than any previous studies, and he reported on 40 different variables. I am quite familiar with research and didn’t see any major red flags. I have seen the criticisms of the study but did not find them compelling. Here are two replies on Public Discourse:

            http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/10/6784/

            http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2012/10/6786/

            What research can you show me, with sound methodology and a large enough sample size, showing that gay marriage is good for children?

          • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

            I have read nothing “disastrous” about the methodology that was not from a “pro gay marriage source.” In other words, the only people criticizing the study for methodology issues are doing so with an agenda, and are just angry that this study raised serious questions about how alternative parenting structures may be bad for children. Children shouldn’t be a socially experimented upon, and they certainly shouldn’t be intentionally deprived of a mother or a father.

  • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

    Days like today remind me how much we need to keep praying for our nation.

  • http://www.buildingcathedrals.com/ Kellie

    Name calling in comments does not advance a respectful conversation. Donalbain, I have had to delete many of your posts now due to a lack of respect and charity for other people. I just deleted two more comments for “name calling,” and I ask that you refrain from commenting on this blog further until you can do so with a basic level of respect for others.


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