Photo: Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee uncaps his pen to sign the Marriage Equality Act into law at the State House in Providence, R.I., May 2. Rhode Island became the 10th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. (CNS photo/Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters)

WASHINGTON—The passage of legislation by the Rhode Island General Assembly yesterday (May 2) to redefine marriage “is a serious injustice,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
“The meaning of marriage cannot be redefined, because its meaning lies in our very nature. Therefore, regardless of what law is enacted, marriage remains the union of one man and one woman – by the very design of nature, it cannot be otherwise,” he said.

Archbishop Cordileone emphasized the importance of marriage for children. “Marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to any child conceived of their union. While those making great sacrifices to raise their children in less than ideal circumstances need and deserve our love and support, we cannot claim to have a just society if we do not look out for the most vulnerable among us: children. That means preserving in the law the principle that every child deserves a mother and father united in marriage. That means supporting in our institutions and in our culture the true and unique meaning of marriage,” he said.
The Governor of Rhode Island signed the bill into law.