GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Not everyone in West Michigan shares the same opinion over the Supreme Court's ruling to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop. 8, which banned same-sex marriage.
New Diocese of Grand Rapids Bishop David Walkowiak didn't mince words Wednesday, expressing disappointment about the Supreme Court's ruling.
The bishop focused on what he called the historical definition of marriage as between a man and a woman -- the one seen in scripture that he said societies were built on.
"You just can't marry anybody you want," Walkowiak, who was installed as the diocese's bishop just last week, said. "There are so many very important things that we have enshrined not only in moral law but also in civil law that would lead us to realize we can't always have what we want."
He stressed the Catholic Church's belief that one of the purposes of marriage is to have and raise children.
Walkowiak also said that while Wednesday's decision will not change the church's teachings, he does anticipate it will greatly affect the legal landscape in West Michigan.
"I think more and more, there can be a growing intolerance early for religious values in the marketplace, so I think it's important for voices to be heard that can speak the truth and remind people what of we've understood for thousands and thousands of years," Walkowiak said.
Michigan voters banned same-sex marriage in 2004. That ban is being challenged in federal court in Detroit.
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