Baltimore, Md., Nov 16, 2010 / 03:15 am America/Denver (CNA).
If the hotly debated Proposition 8 in California is overturned by the judicial system, the cultural impact of defeating the traditional marriage initiative will be “akin to Roe v. Wade,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz at the ongoing fall bishops' meeting.
Archbishop Kurtz, who is the Chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage and Family Life, made his comments Nov. 15 at the bishops' three-day fall assembly in Baltimore, Maryland.
During his remarks, the archbishop asserted that if Prop. 8 – which is expected to reach the Supreme Court – is struck down, “the decision will have a moral, legal and cultural impact” similar to the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.
“In our nation we find ourselves at a moment of great opportunity but also great consequence,” he said.
“The urgency of our priority to promote, protect and strengthen marriage has not abated,” he said, noting that over the last year, attempts to redefine marriage have moved from the state level to the federal level.