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It arose in the nature of things to meet a vital need: ensuring that children are conceived by a mother and father committed to raising them in the stable conditions of a lifelong relationship." (116) Because, as discussed earlier, the redefinition of marriage will further separate marriage, sex, procreation, and child-rearing, (117) it will also modify women's relationships with their children.
Unsuccessful federal litigation could create negative precedent that would hinder the ultimate goal of a national redefinition of marriage. Thus, these groups are content to wait.
We have to be actively addressing the problem." Bishop Fabbro noted how quickly changes are taking place, and spoke alarmingly of the implications that the redefinition of marriage is posing: "The state is stepping in and defining who is a parent." "This undermines the biological relationship of mothers and fathers.
The bishops said the redefinition of marriage "will have implications not yet fully understood."
* To urge the federal government to safeguard faith groups that do not accept the redefinition of marriage from being penalized with respect to their charitable status.
However, some politicians criticized the legislation, claiming the government was incapable of guaranteeing freedom of conscience for people who disagreed with the redefinition of marriage.
The campaign against the redefinition of marriage has, so far, collected more than 600,000 signatures on a petition against this course of action.
Do constitutional norms, particularly of equality and liberty, require the redefinition of marriage from the union of a man and a woman to the union of any two persons?
In the name of tolerance your country has had to endure the folly of the redefinition of marriage, and in the name of 'freedom of choice,' it is confronted with the daily destruction of unborn children."
* New state laws that, Lori said, have "fallen far short of what is necessary" to protect religious freedoms associated with the "redefinition of marriage." Lost in the shuffle of New York's recent move to legalize gay marriage, Lori said, are county clerks who, for issues of conscience, refuse to perform the ceremonies.
Foremost among those consequences recently has been the legal redefinition of marriage."
O'Brien of Baltimore sent him a private letter urging O'Malley, a Catholic, to refrain from promoting the redefinition of marriage.