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


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 >>

Kansas Supreme Court Issues Radical Ruling on Same-Sex Parenting

February 23, 2013 | | Posted in The Issues

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a woman from a discontinued same-sex relationship can claim the same parental rights as the child’s biological mother.  Click here to read the story in the Kansas City Star. Read More >>

Kansas Bishops Release Statement on Marriage and the Family

The statement is the third in a series of election year 2012 statements for Catholics in Kansas. Kansas Bishops on Marriage, Family and the Election For more information, visit the Kansas Catholic Conference Election 2012 page. Read More >>

President Obama Endorses Same-Sex “Marriage”

May 10, 2012 | , | Posted in The Issues

President Obama has declared his support for efforts to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions.  The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, and that every child deserves a mother and a father. Read More >>

Lawrence Protects “Gender Identity”

October 3, 2011 | | Posted in The Issues

The Lawrence City Commission has moved to make gender identity a specially protected class, like race or gender.  Under the ordinance, landlords, employers, and businesses will not be allowed to “discriminate” against people who reject the gender of their birth. Opponents of the ordinance pointed to the implications this policy would have for matters as […] Read More >>

New York Approves Same-Sex Marriage Law

New York became the the sixth and largest state in the country to legalize gay marriage, and the third to do so through legislation rather than a court decision.  In a statement, the state’s Catholic bishops decried the Legislature’s decision, saying “Our society must regain what it appears to have lost – a true understanding […] Read More >>