Bishop praises California Supreme Court for affirming voters’ right to define marriage

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The May 26 ruling of the high court upheld the constitutionality of the state's Proposition 8 declaring that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California," but said the voters' decision could not be applied retroactively to those who married before the initiative was passed.

Bishop [Stephen]Blaire said he and his fellow bishops "are strongly committed to protecting the dignity and worth of every human person" and supported "the intent of law to provide equal protection for all."

"However, such purpose does not have to trump the natural and traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman," he added in a May 26 statement. "The law has found other ways to regulate civil unions without destroying the traditional understanding of marriage.

"We believe -- as do the majority of Californians -- that marriage between a man and a woman is foundational to our culture and crucial for human perpetuity," Bishop Blaire said.

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1. New Reformation Advocate wrote:

Hmmm.  Three guesses what denomination is represented by the bishop mentioned in this article.  Would it be:
A.  Episcopal?
B.  Lutheran?
C.  Methodist?
D.  Roman Catholic?

Now, that wasn’t hard, was it?

Bravo, Bishop Blaire (Stockton, CA)!

David Handy+

May 27, 2:20 pm | [comment link]
2. Cennydd wrote:

His Excellency is right on the mark!

May 27, 5:22 pm | [comment link]
3. Harvey wrote:

Bishop Blaire
Two words - RIGHT ON!!!

May 28, 2:26 pm | [comment link]
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