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

seminar_bigstock_creditOn 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)

And again:

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

A.T. Kearney

Aardema Whitelaw, PLLC

Acacia Home LLC


Aetna Inc.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

AJ Leo Electric and Solar

Akamai Technologies, Inc.

Alaska Airlines

Alcoa Inc.

Amazon Services Inc., Inc.

American Airlines Group Inc.

American Apparel

American Express Company

American International Group, Inc.

Aparicio-Mercado Law, L.C.

Apple Inc.

AppNexus Inc.


Arbor Brewing Company, LLC

Arnold & Porter LLP

Aspen Skiing Company

Assemble Sound LLC

AT&T Inc.

Atlas Cut Stone

Atticus Circle

The Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Avanade Inc.

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

Belcampo Inc.

Ben & Jerry’s

Big Duck Studio, Inc.

Bigelow Villa LLC

Billy’s Farm

BlackRock, Inc.

Bloomberg L.P.

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

BrandQuery LLC

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Broadcom Corporation


Cablevision Systems Corporation

Capital One Financial Corporation

Captain Wendell’s Marine Services LLC

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Care Resource

CBS Corporation


Central Physical Therapy and Fitness, PSC


Charlotte Business Guild

The Chubb Corporation

CIGNA Corporation

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Citigroup Inc.

City Catering Company

City Lites Neon, Inc.

The City of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Civitas Public Affairs Group

Clean Yield Asset Management

CloudFlare, Inc.

CMIT Solutions of Seattle Downtown

The Coca-Cola Company

Cohen & Associates

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Columbia FunMap,Inc.

Comcast Corporation

The Computer Butler

ConAgra Foods, Inc.

The Corcoran Group

Corner Brewery, LLC

Corning Incorporated

Cox Enterprises, Inc.

Crazy Misfits Pet Services

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC

Cummins Inc.

Cupcake Royale

CVS Health Corporation

Dallas Voice

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc.

Danaher Corporation

David J. Jarrett, P.C.

David Kosar Insurance Agency

David Mack Henderson Income Tax Preparation

DCI Group AZ, L.L.C.

Deloitte LLP

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.

Dropbox, Inc.


eBay Inc.


Eldercare Consulting

Electronic Arts Inc.

EnduringHydro, LLC

Ernst & Young LLP

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Event Rents

Everything Real Estate LLC

Express Movers Inc.

Facebook, Inc.

Farella Braun + Martel, LLP


Fenwick & West LLP

First Data Corporation

1st Security Bank

1stdibs.Com, Inc.

FIT Technologies

Flanery CPA

Full Court Press Communications

G.A.W., Inc.

The Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada

General Electric Company

General Mills, Inc.


Gilt Groupe Holdings, Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

Gleason & Associates Claims Services

Go Factory, Inc.

Goethel Engelhardt, PLLC

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Google 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


Growing Hope

Harrell Remodeling

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.


Hewlett-Packard Company

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

Holdredge Wines

Homeward Pet Adoption Center

Horizon Air Industries, Inc.

House Packard LLC


Ikard Wynne LLP

The Independence Business Alliance

The Inland Northwest Business Alliance

Insala, Ltd

Inspirato, LLC

Integrated Archive Systems, Inc.

Integrity Law Group

Intel Corporation

Intuit Inc.


Jackson Hole Group LLC

Jagod Designs

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. photography

The Kathy A. Janssen Foundation

Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, PLC

Keir Jones Agency – State Farm

Keker & Van Nest LLP

KEO Marketing Inc.

Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC

Kollmar Sheet Metal Works, Inc.

Kotzan Chiropractic


Lambda Business Association

Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecologic Oncology

Larson Marketing & Communications LLC

Laughton Properties

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.

Liberty Burger

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Life & Love Celebrations

Link in the Chain Foundation, Inc.

Littler Mendelson, P.C.

LNT, Inc.

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.

McKesson Corporation

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Merca Property Management

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Microsoft Corporation

The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Miller & Olson, LLP

Miller Shelton Group, LLC

MillerCoors LLC

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mona Smith PLLC

Moody’s Corporation

Morgan Miller Plumbing

Morgan Stanley

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

NIKE, Inc.

Nixon Peabody LLP

North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce

Northrop GrummanCorporation

OBOX Solutions

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

Outerwall Inc.

Pakmode Publications, LLC dba Pakmode Media + Marketing

Pandora Media, Inc.


Peabody & Arnold LLP

Pepper Hamilton LLP


Pfizer Inc.

Pixelligent Technologies LLC

Plexus Education Foundation

Plexus LGBT and Allied Chamber of Commerce

Portland Area Business Association



The PrintingWorks

Pro-Tec Data, Inc.

Procter & Gamble

ProTrials Research, Inc.

Prudential Financial, Inc.

Puma Spring Vineyards

Qualcomm Incorporated


RAFI Architecture and Design

Rainbow Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley

Ralph’s Regal Weddings

Ray Holley Communications

RBC Capital Markets, LLC

Replacements, Ltd.

Restaurant Management Concepts

Reverberate! Marketing Communications, Inc.

Rising Tide Brewing Company

RJR Photography

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

Sempra Energy

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Shingles Roofing LLC

Sidetrack, Inc.

Simon, Schindler & Sandberg LLP

Skellenger Bender, P.S.

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.

Sleeves Up Productions, LLC


Spectra Law PS

Spry Vision, Inc.

Staples, Inc.

Starbucks Corporation

Starrtek LLC

State Street Corporation

Steven Graves Insurance Agency

Stonewall Behavioral Health

Stonewall Columbus

Stuffed Cakes, LLC

Sun Life Financial (U.S.) Services Company, Inc.

SunDaily, Inc.

Sweet Dixie Kitchen

Symantec Corporation

Taber Food Services, Inc. dba Hobee’s California Restaurants

The Tampa Bay Rays

Target Corporation

TD Bank, N.A.

TD Securities (USA) LLC

Tech Data Corporation


Thinking Cap Communications & Design

Third Point LLC

Thomson Reuters

Tiwary Entertainment Group LLC

TNT Promotions, LLC

TOCA Events, LLC

TravelOut, Inc.

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria

Twitter, Inc.

206 Inc.


The Ultimate Software Group, Inc.

United Air Lines, Inc.

United Therapeutics Corporation

Uptown Physicians Group

VCB Consulting & Accounting Services

Verizon Communications Inc.

Viacom Inc.

Visa Inc.


VMware, 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

Xerox Corporation


YES Design Group

Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority

Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, P.C.

Zingerman’s Community of Businesses


Zynga Inc.

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