Archbishop Coakley: The state is not the ultimate arbiter of marriage

The future of marriage, the family and society hang in a precarious balance as the Supreme Court considers challenges to state and federal laws that define marriage as between one man and one woman, writes Archbishop Paul Coakley in his latest "Put Out into the Deep" column.

"The phrase 'marriage equality' already begs the question," Archbishop Coakley writes. "It presumes that there is more than one kind of marriage. Same-sex unions and marriage are not the same. They cannot be equal. Attempts to redefine marriage so as to make other relationships equivalent to it devalue the uniqueness of marriage and weakens it. Any weakening of this basic social institution, by whatever means, has already exacted too high a cost for children, for families and for society."

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In the photo: Artist's rendering shows attorney Charles Cooper arguing in support of California's Proposition 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 26 (Courtesy of Catholic News Service)