According to Virginia Bishops Francis DiLorenzo and Paul Loverde, writing an Op-Ed in the Virginia Pilot:
Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal
Defense of Marriage Act, while leaving states the authority to define
marriage. Virginia’s citizens did precisely that when they strongly
endorsed a 2006 state constitutional amendment affirming marriage as the
union between a man and a woman.
It seems that right wing mythology never dies. One more time; Justice Kennedy specifically stated that state laws must respect the constitutional rights of citizens — citing Loving v. Virginia. The bishops go on to quote the Pope:
When his own country, Argentina, debated the issue, he declared, “At
stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and
children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be
discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human
development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake
is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.”
Are they all suggesting that straight people will enter into gay marriages and then stop procreating? The Pope is right about the discrimination which he has the power to eliminate. What is their point? They provide the complete statement of the future Pope. It continued as follows:
Let’s not be naive: This is not a simple political fight; it is a
destructive proposal to God’s plan. This is not a mere legislative
proposal (that’s just its form), but a move by the father of lies that
seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God… Let’s look to St.
Joseph, Mary, and the Child to ask fervently that they defend the
Argentine family in this moment… May they support, defend, and
accompany us in this war of God.
They don’t do so because they are trying to take a softer and more secular tone. The bishops are being politicians instead of religious leaders.
Instead of quoting the Pope, why not state specifically what has happened to marriage and families as a result of same-sex marriage? I think that we can all answer that question because the effects on society have been negligible or positive. In Argentina, a total of 5,839 same-sex marriages were performed in the first two years following the law’s enactment. What effects can these bishops point to? If they could, the would.
The bishops conclude with this bit of sophistry:
We call upon the attorney general to honor the oath he took, as we call upon all Virginians to defend marriage.
Of course that is precisely what AG Herring is doing. His oath included the obligations to defend the Constitution of the United States of America.