“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.”
– USCCB, Forming 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.
- Bishop Konderla Discusses the Church’s Response to the Transgender Movement (March 19, 2021)
- Bishop Chairmen Say Equality Act Would Discriminate Against People of Faith and Threaten Unborn Life (February 23, 2021)
- Letter to Congress (February 23, 2021)
- Response to the House vote from five chairmen of USCCB Committees (May 2019)
- Three chairmen sent a letter of opposition in March 2019.
- Backgrounder about the Equality Act, prepared by USCCB staff
- Coalition Letter which the USCCB signed
The USCCB supports the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.
- Letter of Support to Members of Congress (February 16, 2021)
- Letter of Support to Members of Congress (October 27, 2020)
The USCCB supports the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (Inclusion Act) which was re-introduced in both Houses in 2021.
- Letter of Support to Senator Scott and Representative Kelly
- Letter of Support to Representative Kelly
- Letter of Support to Senator Enzi
The Conference commented on the Violence Against Women Act in 2019.
- Letter to Senators Graham and Feinstein (April 3, 2019)
The Conference supported the Russell Amendment to HR 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017.
- Letter to Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McCarthy (May 9, 2016)
The Conference supported the Healthy Relationships Act of 2017:
- Letter of Support to Representative Hultgren (September 4, 2017)
The Conference supported the First Amendment Defense Act:
- Bishop Chairmen Urge Support for the ‘First Amendment Defense Act’ (March 14, 2018)
- Letter to Senator Lee in support of FADA
- 2016 Media Release (July 12, 2016)
- 2015 Media Release (June 18, 2015)
Current legislative priorities for marriage (USCCB Office of Government Relations)
- Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
- PDF Version: for marriage, see pages vi, 3 (sec. 10), 14 (sec. 46), 21 (sec. 70) and 30
- Website: with handouts and more
- VIDEO: Archbishop Cordileone on faithful citizenship and marriage
- Defense of Marriage Press Releases (2003 – present)
- USCCB, Statement “Promote, Preserve, Protect Marriage” (2003, reaffirmed 2006)
Three chairmen wrote a letter to the U.S. Attorney General on April 30, 2020 seeking steps to protect people from the pornography industry during the pandemic.
- Fulton v. Philadelphia (2020): Supreme Court, Adoption by Same-sex Couples
- Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia (2019): Supreme Court, “sexual orientation”
- Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC (2019): Supreme Court, “gender identity”
- Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2017): Supreme Court, Religious Freedom
- Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.(2017): Supreme Court, “Transgender” student access
- Obergefell v. Hodges (2015): Supreme Court, Defense of Marriage
- United States v. Windsor (2013): Supreme Court, Defense of Marriage
- Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013): Supreme Court, California’s Proposition 8
Resources related to the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (which redefined marriage):
- USCCB Statement from Archbishop Kurtz (en español)
- Main messages (en español) about marriage
- Nationwide bulletin insert (en español)
- Backgrounder (en español)
Visit the USCCB Action Center to stay up-to-date on public policy issues, join our advocate network, and communicate with your elected officials. And visit the Office of Government Relations for the wider goals of USCCB advocacy.