Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2012 / 16:13 pm
Supporters of marriage and family welcomed the Supreme Court's announcement that it will review both state and federal cases about the definition of marriage in the coming months.
"The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear these cases is a significant moment for our nation," said Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, who leads the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
"Marriage is the foundation of a just society, as it protects the most vulnerable among us, children," he said in a Dec. 7 statement. "It is the only institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers together."
The archbishop said that he is praying that the court will be "guided by truth and justice" in order to affirm the true meaning and purpose of marriage, written in human nature as the union of one man and one woman.
On Dec. 7, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear two cases regarding the definition of marriage in the next year.