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Eugene Delgaudio is not the only "Friend of the Court" on Marriage U.S. Bishops: Redefining Marriage Creates "Engine of Conflict"

In a pair of Supreme Court legal briefs, the bishops warn against problems arising from a redefinition to include homosexual relationships.

In published accounts, recent legal briefs filed with the Supreme Court, the U.S. bishops warned that a redefinition of marriage would create an "engine of conflict" that threatens freedom of religion, speech and other liberties.

"Marriage, understood as the union of one man and one woman, is not a historical relic, but a vital and foundational institution of civil society today," said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a Jan. 29 amicus brief supporting the California ballot initiative Proposition 8.

"The government interests in continuing to encourage and support it are not merely legitimate, but compelling," the brief explained.

California voters passed Prop. 8 in 2008, reversing a court decision that imposed same-sex "marriage" on the state.

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