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“The family—based on marriage between a man and a woman—is the first and fundamental unit of society and is a sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children. It should be defended and strengthened, not redefined, undermined, or further distorted. Respect for the family should be reflected in every policy and program.”
– USCCBForming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, no. 46


The USCCB website for the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense Marriage includes every news release in relation to advocacy or public policy. Visit the USCCB Action Center to stay up-to-date on public policy issues, join our advocate network, and communicate with your elected officials.

The USCCB opposes the Equality Act.

The conference also opposes the Equal Rights Act.

The USCCB supports the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act and the First Amendment Defense Act and encourages the faithful to do the same. The conference also has concerns about the Fairness For All Act.

Archbishop Kurtz’s statement on the Supreme Court decision on marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges along with a backgrounder on the case, lead messages on marriage redefinition, and a nationwide bulletin insert for parishes. Resources are available in Spanish as well.