The act is meant to protect the rights of institutions such as Catholic adoption agencies that would be forced to either provide adoption services that conflict with their moral views.
Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage
In addition to the 35 states now recognizing same-sex marriage, in some 10 other states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry.
Thousands, including Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, will gather today for the now-annual national demonstration in favor of marriage between one man and one woman.
During the first day of their summer assembly, the U.S. bishops focused on issues of religious liberty, same-sex marriage, and participation in the U.S. political sphere.