“While saddened to learn of today’s ruling overturning the marriage amendment, the occasion provides an opportunity to convey two important teachings of our Church. First, the Church has always taught, and will always teach, that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and, thus, has a dignity which must always be respected and upheld. There are no exceptions.
“Second, the Church has always taught, and will always teach, God’s law revealed to us in Sacred Scripture and in our Tradition: that marriage is the permanent and faithful union of one man and one woman. This unique bond is open to the procreation of children for the good of all society. This firmly held belief from throughout history does not in any way negate the teaching regarding the dignity owed to each and every human person.
“Thus, as I said on the day the NC Marriage Amendment was passed in 2012, this is not a day for one side to claim victory. Instead, this is a day for all of us to renew our commitment to live in harmony as God’s family. For Catholics, while we are called to never compromise the beliefs we treasure and celebrate, we must always respect and love all people as God’s sons and daughters.” – Raleigh Archbishop Michael Burbidge, who campaigned vigorously in support of Amendment One.
VIDEO: In the 2012 clip below, Burbidge urges all North Carolina Catholics to vote for Amendment One. Burbidge: “It can never be acceptable for those who stand up for the traditional definition of marriage to be judged, slandered, or forced to compromise the beliefs which they embrace without reservation or apology. No form of discrimination can be tolerated.”