Bishop Jaime Soto issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling:
“All Americans deserve respect for their human dignity. The Catholic Church has stalwartly stood by that fundamental belief while also recognizing marriage as the unique relationship between a man and a woman.
“Unfortunately, the Supreme Court today in attempting to do the former distorted the latter. The decision of the Supreme Court has attempted to address the issue of respect in the wrong way and has pushed the country further down a libertarian understanding of freedom and equality. While many will demean a public place for religious belief in the wake of this decision, it is religious faith that will continue to be the primary force of charity and self-sacrifice in the United States.
“The Catholic Community will continue to address the more stubborn and cruel forms of inequity in our country: enduring forms of racism such as witnessed last week in Charleston, a broken immigration system that helps no one, and widening economic disparity that robs people of hope. None of these deep inequities are touched by today’s decision; we still have much work to do.”