Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “Hurts Women and Children” Says National Council of Catholic Women President    

July 1, 2015  

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, requiring all states to license and recognize same-sex ‘marriage’ “opens a Pandora’s box that will ultimately hurt the most vulnerable of our society, and the ones whom traditional marriage was designed to protect: women and children,” said Dr. Rebecca Woodhull, President of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW).  

“The Court has gone far beyond its intended purpose and scope by taking away states' rights and mandating a moral issue thereby violating religious liberties of citizens and businesses,” Woodhull continued.

The National Council of Catholic Women, which was founded in 1920 by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, stands by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ statement that the decision is a “tragic error.” The nature of the human person and marriage are designed by God, not by man, and this remains unchanged and unchangeable. To redefine marriage, stated Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President of the USCCB, “harms the common good and the most vulnerable among us, especially children.”

As Pope Francis has stated, “The family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation. Children 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.” (Speech at Humanum Conference, Rome, Italy, November 17th, 2014) 

The National Council of Catholic Women urges all its members to move forward with faith and hope, and to speak out with charity about the truth of the human person: that each person, created in the image and likeness of God, is endowed with dignity; that God created us “male and female” (Genesis 5:2); that marriage was ordained by God to be the indissoluble union of one man and one woman for the purpose of the unity of the spouses and the procreation and protection of children.  

Pope Francis calls for an “integral ecology” in his recent encyclical Laudato Si, which includes “acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift [which] is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father” (Laudato Si, 155). The National Council of Catholic Women encourages all members to continue to witness to the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the nature of the human person as created by God.

The National Council of Catholic Women acts through its membership to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.  

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To schedule an interview with Dr. Woodhull or for further information, please contact:  Laraine Bennett at 703-224-0990 or email