Bishop Robert F. Vasa, ordinary for the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California, released the following statements in reference to the Supreme Court of the United States’ Obergefell v. Hodges decision which has legaized same sex unions under common law:
· Years ago, in the Dred Scott decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that blacks were not persons. This was despite the fact that each justice presumably believed all of mankind is created in God’s image (cf. Genesis 1:26). Similarly, today’s Justices have erred with the Obergefell case just like their predecessors did with Dred Scott, by making an egregious error in moral judgment.
· While five Justices may have changed marriage’s legal definition, they can never change its moral definition. As such the true definition, the moral definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman—that is ordered not only toward the couple but the procreation and education of children—remains unchanged.
· Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the abortion question nearly two generations ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the marriage question today.
· The Court was wrong in 1973 with Roe. It is wrong again in 2015 with Obergefell.