June 26, 2015
Statement regarding court ruling on marriage
BISMARCK, N.D. (June 26, 2015) – The following statement is being released on behalf of Bishop David Kagan, Diocese of Bismarck.
We are saddened and disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning the recognition of same-sex relationships. As St. John Paul II said, “The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.” Our defense of the truth is not over despite this erroneous decision. With great respect for the rule of law in the United States, we will continue to teach and practice God's truth that marriage is a union between one man and one woman for a lifetime.
We join with the Archbishop Kurtz and the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) in calling this decision a “tragic error.” We will stand united and “move forward with faith” as he has asked of us.
The Catholic Church continues to affirm the inherent dignity of persons with a same-sex attraction. At the same time, it is my fervent hope and expectation that the right of religious liberty and freedom of conscience of all persons will be respected and defended by the government without exception.
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MEDIA: Please contact Sonia Mullally, director of communications for the Diocese of Bismarck, at