Marriage & the Family

Pope John Paul II described the family as the fundamental unit of society, and at the heart of the family is the indispensable institution of marriage. For all of human history and across all cultures, the defining characteristic of marriage has been the union of man and woman, as is our design. Every child deserves a mother and a father, and this should be the aspiration of society. Out of its ancient recognition of the unique importance of the family, the Catholic Church stands in strong support of efforts to ensure its preservation.

2012 Statement: Kansas Bishops on Marriage, Family and the Election


Kansas Bishops Release Statement on Marriage Decision

November 13, 2014 | , , , , , | Posted in The Issues

Kansas’ four Catholic bishops released a statement today on yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling concerning Kansas’ Marriage Amendment.  Click here to read the bishops’ statement. Read More >>

Archbishop Naumann on Marriage

September 12, 2014 | , , | Posted in The Issues


10th Circuit to Hear Appeals of Decisions Striking Down Marriage Laws

January 17, 2014 | | Posted in The Issues

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction includes Kansas, will hear appeals of lower court decisions striking down state constitutional amendments in Utah and Oklahoma that define marriage as between one man and one woman.  Kansas has a similar amendment that would fall if the 10th Circuit rules against the Oklahoma and Utah […] Read More >>

Proposed Topeka Ordinance Opens Door to Religious Freedom Concerns

September 17, 2013 | , | Posted in The Issues

Tonight the Topeka City Council will consider a proposal to expand the mandate of the Topeka Human Relations Commission.  Under the proposed city ordinance, the Commission would be authorized to fight prejudice directed against people because of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Supporters have made clear that this is only a first step, and that […] Read More >>

Kansas Bishops Issue Statement on the Supreme Court Marriage Decisions

KANSAS BISHOPS:  RESPONSE TO SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON MARRIAGE  June 27, 2013 Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, Bishop John Brungardt of Dodge City, Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Salina, and Monsignor Robert Hemberger, Diocesan Administrator of Wichita, issued the following statement today in response to the United States Supreme Court decisions in United […] Read More >>

US Supreme Court Hands Down Marriage Rulings

June 26, 2013 | , | Posted in The Issues

In two landmark decisions, the US Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and appears to have allowed same-sex marriages to resume in California.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops decried the rulings as mistaken and a “tragic day for marriage and our nation.” Read More >>

House Committee Kills Legislation Regulating Strip Clubs in Kansas

March 8, 2013 | Posted in The Issues

Today, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee voted against the “Community Defense Act”: legislation that would regulate sexually oriented businesses in Kansas. The Community Defense Act would prevent sexually oriented businesses – adult bookstores, video stores, arcades, strip clubs, theaters, etc. – from building within 1000 feet of churches, schools, parks, and homes.  Currently, […] Read More >>