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By Russell Shaw, Catholic Exchange, March 24, 2023

Russell Shaw is a freelance writer from Washington, DC. He is the author of more than twenty books and previously served as secretary for public affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference.


Avatar photoThere’s a glimmer of hope for the embattled natural family emanating suddenly from a source that lately has been anything but family-friendly—I mean the federal government. But before getting into that, consider some landmarks in the family’s decline during the last three decades.

The high point was 1996 when Congress enacted and President Bill Clinton reluctantly signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA declared marriage to be the union of one man and one woman and empowered states to decline to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

The years after DOMA were marked by all-out effort by the LGBTQ lobby, supported by a media blitz, to turn that around. The Supreme Court got on board in 2015 by affirming a constitutionally protected right to same-sex marriage.  ….

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