officials must hear from Catholics,” the archbishop said in a letter he
had published in The Pilot, the local diocesan newspaper.
“In order to
ensure that citizens can participate in decisions on the definition of
marriage, it is important that you contact your legislators,” he wrote.
said that he has joined a coalition, including the other bishops of
Massachusetts, Catholic Citizenship and VoteOnMarriage.org, to “support
the right of citizens to vote on the definition of marriage.”
Massachusetts State Legislature is expected to debate a proposed
constitutional amendment, defining marriage as the union between one
man and one woman, starting this month and as early as May 10. House
Bill 4617 responds to the 2003 Supreme Judicial Court ruling that
created a right to same-sex marriage in our state constitution.
cardinal-archbishop pointed out that more than 123,000 citizens signed
a petition supporting the amendment last fall. This was the most
signatures ever certified in a ballot campaign in Massachusetts.
For more information, go to VoteOnMarriage.org.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley is urging Catholics in his archdiocese to
contact their state senators and representatives and urge them to
include a new amendment--defining marriage as an act between one man
and one woman--on the November 2008 ballot.