Bishop Joseph Strickland has issued a statement to be read after Sunday’s Gospel throughout the Diocese of Tyler, Texas.
“Let me unambiguously state at the outset that this extremely unfortunate decision by our government is unjust and immoral, and it is our duty to clearly and emphatically oppose it. … there are absolutely no grounds for considering unions between two persons of the same sex to be in any way similar to God’s plan for marriage and the family. … what God has revealed and what the Church therefore holds to be true about marriage has not changed and is unchangeable. … We know that unjust laws and other measures contrary to the moral order are not binding in conscience, thus we must now exercise our right to conscientious objection against this interpretation of our law which is contrary to the common good and the true understanding of marriage.”