Roman Catholic bishops are urging parishioners to support a
fall ballot measure that seeks to overturn the court ruling
that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.
Catholic Conference issued a statement strongly
encouraging parishioners "to provide both the financial
support and the volunteer efforts needed for the
passage of Proposition 8." The proposition would put a
ban on same-sex marriage in the state constitution.
In the statement,
the bishops say their position is based partly on the
presumption that while all people deserve to be treated with
dignity, being raised by a married mother and father
is "the ideal for the well-being of children."
executive director said the bishops plan to develop
materials that parish priests can use to address the topic
between now and Election Day.
represents the archdioceses of Los Angeles and San
Francisco and the dioceses of Fresno, Monterey, Oakland,
Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San
Jose, Santa Rosa, and Stockton. (AP)