On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriages, and thus gay marriage became legal in all 50 states.
This ruling has serious moral consequences for Catholics and especially Catholic politicians. On June 6, 2003, Pope John Paul II had approved the directive, Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons, which states among others:
“In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status…clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation… If it is true that all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do so…
“When legislation in favour of the recognition of homosexual unions is already in force, the Catholic politician must oppose it in the ways that are possible for him and make his opposition known…”
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The writer lives in Carolina Shores, N.C.