Cardinal Newman Society Statement Opposing Honors and Platforms for Proponents of Legal Redefinition of Marriage
Cardinal Newman Society Statement
Opposing Honors and Platforms for Proponents of Legal Redefinition of Marriage
March 11, 2015
On March 5, 2015, 379 corporations and business groups submitted an amicus brief in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to declare “marriage rights” for same-sex persons. Such a ruling would be contrary to constitutional, civil, natural and divine law and conflicts directly with Catholic teaching and the position of the U.S. Catholic bishops.
The Cardinal Newman Society therefore urges Catholic schools, colleges and universities to refrain from all honors—including public recognition, honorary speaking platforms, and honored positions on boards and committees—for board members and senior leaders of these 379 corporations and business groups (listed below).
The Cardinal Newman Society promotes and defends faithful Catholic education. For more than two decades, the Newman Society has raised concerns about lecturers, commencement speakers and other honorees at Catholic colleges and universities whose public statements and actions oppose Catholic moral teaching and practice. We will publicly warn Catholic families and their bishops and pastors about any school, college or university that chooses to honor any board member or senior leader of the 379 corporations and business groups that joined in the March 5th brief. Any such honor does harm to the Catholic Church and undermines our bishops, who have clearly explained why Catholics must defend marriage without compromise.
In 2004, the U.S. bishops declared:
The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholics in Political Life, 2004)
Pope Francis has explained clearly that the definition of marriage as uniting one man and one woman is “an anthropological fact… We cannot qualify it based on ideological notions or concepts important only at one time in history.” Attempts to redefine marriage violate the rights of children, who “have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity,” Pope Francis said.
The U.S. bishops have consistently reminded Catholics of their obligation to defend marriage:
There is to be no separation between one’s faith and life in either public or private realms. All Catholics should act on their beliefs with a well-formed conscience based on Sacred Scripture and Tradition. …This is particularly urgent in light of the need to defend marriage and to oppose the legalization of same-sex unions as marriages. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Between Man and Woman: Questions and Answers About Marriage and Same-Sex Unions, 2003)
The family is the basic cell of human society. The role, responsibilities, and needs of families should be central national priorities. Marriage must be defined, recognized, and protected as a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman, and as the source of the next generation and the protective haven for children. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 2007)
The 379 corporations and business groups that filed the amicus brief argue that national recognition of same-sex marriage is necessary to avoid the “economic burden” of a “fractured legal landscape” across states. That is a shortsighted and materialistic position that rejects the primacy of the family in American economy and society as well as the principles of American federalism. Whether or not same-sex unions are legally permitted, they are intrinsically immoral and contrary to human nature. Hoping to relieve their own perceived “economic burden,” the amici ignore the plight of businesses and religious organizations that operate according to Catholic beliefs; these should be exempted from recognizing same-sex unions in employment and health care decisions. To ignore religious freedom is to disregard a fundamental principle upon which this nation was founded, thereby endangering Catholic education and other religious services and activities.
The 379 corporations and business groups also contend that “more than seventy percent of Americans live in a state that celebrates and recognizes same-sex marriages,” apparently hoping to convince the Supreme Court of America’s overwhelming support for legalizing same-sex unions. But citizens in only three states—Maine, Maryland and Washington—have voted for laws permitting same-sex marriage. Another 10 states have laws approved by state legislatures. But in 24 states—two-thirds of the states with same-sex marriage—the practice has been imposed by activist courts claiming a right that appears nowhere in the law or in the U.S.Constitution. The fact of court-imposed laws is no basis upon which the Supreme Court or these corporations should deny the nature of marriage and the rights of American citizens to determine state laws.
The following corporations and business groups joined in the amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on March 5, 2015:
A.L. Nella & Company, LLP, CPAs
Aardema Whitelaw, PLLC
Acacia Home LLC
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
AJ Leo Electric and Solar
Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Amazon Services Inc.
American Airlines Group Inc.
American Express Company
American International Group, Inc.
Aparicio-Mercado Law, L.C.
Arbor Brewing Company, LLC
Arnold & Porter LLP
Aspen Skiing Company
Assemble Sound LLC
Atlas Cut Stone
The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Bain & Company, Inc.
Bakehouse Art Complex
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Bank of America
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
bebe stores, inc.
Becton, Dickinson and Company
Ben & Jerry’s
Big Duck Studio, Inc.
Bigelow Villa LLC
Blue Apron, Inc.
Blue Heron Ventures
Blue Moon Hotel / Winter Haven Hotel
Blume, Faulkner & Skeen, PLLC
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Boston Community Capital, Inc.
Boston Consulting Group
The Boston Foundation
Boston Medical Center Corporation
Boston Scientific Corporation
Brady Mills LLC
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Capital One Financial Corporation
Captain Wendell’s Marine Services LLC
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Central Physical Therapy and Fitness, PSC
Charlotte Business Guild
The Chubb Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
City Catering Company
City Lites Neon, Inc.
The City of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Civitas Public Affairs Group
Clean Yield Asset Management
CMIT Solutions of Seattle Downtown
The Coca-Cola Company
Cohen & Associates
The Computer Butler
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
The Corcoran Group
Corner Brewery, LLC
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Crazy Misfits Pet Services
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC
CVS Health Corporation
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.
David J. Jarrett, P.C.
David Kosar Insurance Agency
David Mack Henderson Income Tax Preparation
DCI Group AZ, L.L.C.
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
The Desert Business Association
Deutsche Bank AG
Diageo North America, Inc.
Domini Social Investments LLC
The Dow Chemical Company
Dreamcatcher Arts and Publishing Ltd.
Electronic Arts Inc.
Ernst & Young LLP
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Everything Real Estate LLC
Express Movers Inc.
Farella Braun + Martel, LLP
Fenwick & West LLP
First Data Corporation
1st Security Bank
Full Court Press Communications
The Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada
General Electric Company
General Mills, Inc.
Gilt Groupe Holdings, Inc.
Gleason & Associates Claims Services
Go Factory, Inc.
Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
Great Officiants LLC
The Greater Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Greater San Diego Business Association
Greater Seattle Business Association
Grossman Marketing Group
Group Health Cooperative
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
Homeward Pet Adoption Center
Horizon Air Industries, Inc.
House Packard LLC
Ikard Wynne LLP
The Independence Business Alliance
The Inland Northwest Business Alliance
Integrated Archive Systems, Inc.
Integrity Law Group
INUS Group, LLC
Jackson Hole Group LLC
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jenn T. Grace International LLC
Jennifer Brown Consulting
JetBlue Airways Corporation
The Jim Henson Company
Johnson & Johnson
Johnston, Kinney and Zulaica LLP
Jonathan L. Bowman, Attorney at Law, PS
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Julian Chang Consulting, Inc.
The Kathy A. Janssen Foundation
Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, PLC
Keir Jones Agency – State Farm
Keker & Van Nest LLP
KEO Marketing Inc.
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC
Kollmar Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Lambda Business Association
Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecologic Oncology
Larson Marketing & Communications LLC
Law Offices of Joel L. Sogol
Law Office of Lisa E. Schuchman
Law Office of Lorie L. Burch, PC
Law Offices of Robin L. Bodiford, P.A.
The Law Office of Susan K. Fuller, PLLC
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Life & Love Celebrations
Link in the Chain Foundation, Inc.
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
The Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Lori Karbal et al.
Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Trust, LLC
The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Main Street Hair Shoppe Ltd.
Marriott International, Inc.
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
McGraw Hill Financial, Inc.
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Merca Property Management
The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Miller & Olson, LLP
Miller Shelton Group, LLC
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Mona Smith PLLC
Morgan Miller Plumbing
MWW Public Relations
NAMI Dallas, Inc.
The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
Neumann Capital Management, LLC
The New England Patriots
New Leaf Columbus
New York Life Insurance Company
Nifty Hoops, LLC
Nixon Peabody LLP
North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce
Office Depot, Inc.
The Ogilvy Group, Inc.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
ONE Community Media, LLC
1 Source Consulting Solutions
Oracle America, Inc.
Orbitz Worldwide, Inc.
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Pakmode Publications, LLC dba Pakmode Media + Marketing
Pandora Media, Inc.
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pixelligent Technologies LLC
Plexus Education Foundation
Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce
Portland Area Business Association
Pro-Tec Data, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
ProTrials Research, Inc.
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Puma Spring Vineyards
RAFI Architecture and Design
Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley
Ralph’s Regal Weddings
Ray Holley Communications
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Restaurant Management Concepts
Reverberate! Marketing Communications, Inc.
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Robert H Stutz Jr CPA
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Rotella & Hernandez, LLC
The Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce
Sadek Bonahoom PLC
St. Jude Medical, Inc.
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
The San Francisco Giants
The Seattle Lesbian, LLC
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shingles Roofing LLC
Simon, Schindler & Sandberg LLP
Skellenger Bender, P.S.
Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
Sleeves Up Productions, LLC
Spectra Law PS
Spry Vision, Inc.
State Street Corporation
Steven Graves Insurance Agency
Stonewall Behavioral Health
Stuffed Cakes, LLC
Sun Life Financial (U.S.) Services Company, Inc.
Sweet Dixie Kitchen
Taber Food Services, Inc. dba Hobee’s California Restaurants
The Tampa Bay Rays
TD Bank, N.A.
TD Securities (USA) LLC
Tech Data Corporation
Thinking Cap Communications & Design
Third Point LLC
Tiwary Entertainment Group LLC
TNT Promotions, LLC
TOCA Events, LLC
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
The Ultimate Software Group, Inc.
United Air Lines, Inc.
United Therapeutics Corporation
Uptown Physicians Group
VCB Consulting & Accounting Services
Verizon Communications Inc.
W. M. Martin Advertising
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
W/S Development Associates LLC
Walsh Wellness Center
The Walt Disney Company
Wasserman Media Group
Wells Fargo & Company
Whey Natural! USA LLC
Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Witeck Communications, Inc.
The Workplace Equality Index
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
YES Design Group
Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority
Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, P.C.
Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
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