Statement for the Newsmedia
San Francisco, CA, June 22, 2015 – The Supreme Court ruled today that citizens have no right to define marriage exclusively as between a man and a woman. This effectively redefines marriage across the United States as an adult institution separated from the rights of children. Regardless of the court’s decision, it is clear that marriage has already been redefined in the minds of a majority of Americans for some time, and that, according to Catholics for the Common Good Institute, is where we must now focus our energies to effectively take back marriage.
Catholics for the Common Good Institute, an apostolate for Catholic action based in San Francisco, is at the forefront of the fight to restore marriage as a privileged institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers. CCGI is working to do this through the Marriage Reality Movement, a membership organization in its soft launch phase that focuses on awareness, formation and action to take back marriage. CCGI President Bill May notes that this battle has shifted.
“The time to defend marriage is over. It’s time to take back marriage. We need to know how to resist under this occupation by refusing to cooperate and using language that reveals truth instead of reinforcing lies. We start by reintroducing marriage from the beginning to our family and to all levels of education and society. This movement will not rest until marriage once again becomes a privileged institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers.”
The Marriage Reality Movement provides members with tools to begin taking back marriage in their own families and communities. The Movement is unique in that it is not against anyone or anything but is aligned with the rights of children to know the truth about love, marriage, and sexuality and for children, as far as possible, to be born into a family with their own mothers and fathers united in marriage.
“With every human right comes a corresponding duty. Since the child is powerless over his right to be born into marriage, the duty falls to us to promote marriage as the recognized institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers. Members of the Marriage Reality Movement respond to this duty as the work of justice for children.”