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Marriage Policy and Advocacy


For the most up-to-date information, please see:
Defense of Marriage Press Releases (2003 – present)

Visit the USCCB Action Center to stay up-to-date on public policy issues, join our advocate network, and communicate with your elected officials. And visit the Office of Government Relations for the wider goals of USCCB advocacy.

Below are pertinent links for information about the USCCB's public policy advocacy work related to marriage.

Three chairmen wrote to the U.S. Attorney General, seeking steps to protect people from pornography industry during time of pandemic.

The USCCB has submitted amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court for the cases on "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" that will be heard on October 8, 2019. The case regarding "sexual orientation" is Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia and the case on "gender identity" is Harris Funeral Home v. EEOC. The links are below.The USCCB has significant concerns about the Fairness for All Act.

The USCCB supports the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (Inclusion Act) which was re-introduced in both Houses in January 2019.

Three Chairmen wrote to the House of Representatives to explain the USCCB's opposition to the "Equal Rights Act" (ERA) in 2019. Please see the fact sheet on the ERA.

The Conference commented on the Violence Against Women Act in 2019.

The Conference supported the Russell Amendment to HR 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017.

The Conference also supported the Healthy Relationships Act of 2017:

In past Congresses, the Conference also supported:

The First Amendment Defense Act:

"The family - based on marriage between a man and a woman - is the first and fundamental unit of society and is a sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children. It should be defended and strengthened, not redefined or undermined by permitting same-sex unions or other distortions of marriage. Respect for the family should be reflected in every policy and program." - USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, p. 14, (no. 46

Resources related to the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (that redefined marriage):
- USCCB Statement from Archbishop Kurtz (en español)
- Main messages (en español) about marriage
- Nationwide bulletin insert (en español)
- Backgrounder (en español)

Most Recent Amicus Briefs


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