“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.
- 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 that the USCCB signed on to
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.
- 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)
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.