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Denver, Colo., Jul 24, 2014 / 08:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge ruled Wednesday against Colorado’s marriage defense amendment, leading the state attorney general to say the case will ultimately be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

The ruling comes after another district court judge struck down the amendment on July 10, saying that preserving marriage “bears no rational relationship to any conceivable government interest.” The state’s bishops rebuked the decision that day and called on Catholics in Colorado to defend marriage.

The bishops said the decision “advances a misinterpretation of the institution of marriage in modern society, reducing marriage to a sheer emotional arrangement that can simply be redefined to accommodate the impulses of culture.”

“Marriage and the family are cornerstones of every culture. Marriage has long been recognized as the lifelong relationship between one man and one woman that allows for the procreation of children; this is consistent with human biology and the natural law,” they said.

The state bishops recognized the need to “treat our homosexual sisters and brothers with dignity and love,” but explained that the faithful also “have a duty to protect and preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman in our laws and policies,” because “redefining marriage will only further erode the family structure of our society.”

“Upholding the truth about marriage advances the dignity of all people, and it promotes a culture that acknowledges, values and respects the unique and complementary gifts of both a mother and a father in the lives of children.”

Passed by Colorado voters in 2006, the state marriage amendment said that “only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.”

On June 23, District Judge Raymond Moore ruled against the amendment, but immediately stayed his decision so Attorney General John Suthers, defending the amendment, could file an appeal with the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which he promptly did.

The 10th Circuit Court has already struck down Utah’s voter-approved marriage amendment, and the U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear that appeal. Suthers indicated that rather than additional appellate litigation, the Colorado case will also be decided by the Supreme Court.

Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila had warned in March 2013 that marriage was on its way to being redefined in Colorado with the legalization of same-sex civil unions. He called it “the beginning of an effort to redefine the family in Colorado and to undermine the right of all children to have a mother and a father.”

Although the decisions striking down the marriage amendment have been placed on hold, marriage licenses have already been distributed to same-sex couples in the state by the clerks in Boulder, Denver, and Pueblo County.

The state’s Supreme Court recently ordered Denver County to stop issuing the licenses, and the Pueblo clerk office subsequently chose to stop issuing licenses. Boulder County is continuing to issue the licenses after a district court ruled in their favor.


Orange, Calif., Jul 24, 2014 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday, EWTN Global Catholic Network announced it has begun construction on a television studio on the West Coast, located on the campus of the Diocese of Orange's Christ Cathedral.

“As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our community’s energy and faithful witness with the world,” Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange said July 24 at the Napa Institute.

“EWTN’s partnership will profoundly benefit our Church, enabling us to share the love of Christ with millions across the world in multiple languages from the Cathedral campus, here in Orange County.”

The new studio is expected to be operational by the end of 2014, transmitting news and Masses across the world.

Bishop Vann made the announcement along with Michael Warsaw, chief executive officer of EWTN, who said that the network is “pleased to be able to collaborate with Bishop Vann and the Diocese of Orange on this important new project. The studio being developed there will be of great benefit to EWTN's programming efforts around the globe.”

He added that the West Coast location “gives EWTN a presence in an area of the country where the Network will be able to execute programs that would be difficult to produce elsewhere, particularly for our Spanish-language channels.”

“We are also pleased to develop this West Coast studio in advance of the historic renovation of the Christ Cathedral itself,” he said, adding that EWTN “will be well positioned and prepared to share news of this closely watched transformation with our viewers.”

The Diocese of Orange purchased the 3,000-seat Crystal Cathedral in February 2012 from the Protestant community which founded it. The structure was renamed Christ Cathedral, and will serve as the seat of the Bishop of Orange.

The purchase was made after Crystal Cathedral had filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 when some of its creditors sued for payment.

The Diocese of Orange, one of the nation's largest, is home to the more than 1.2 million Catholics who live in California's Orange County.

Established 33 years ago, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world, reaching over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories.

The network includes television, radio and a publishing arm, along with a website and both electronic and print news services.


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