Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

July 15, 2013

U.S. Catholic bishops said the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 ruling on same-sex marriage was a "tragic day for marriage and our nation."

The court, in a 5-4 ruling, struck down the federal Defence of Marriage Act, or DOMA, defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

The court said DOMA was unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause.

A statement by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chair of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defence of Marriage, said the court "has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defence of Marriage Act.

The court got it wrong," they continued. "The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so."