Civil rights award
The Congress of Racial Equality, one of the nation’s oldest civil rights groups,hasannounceditwillpresent an achievement award to Bishop Robert Morlino of the Catholic Diocese of Madison, Wis.
The award recognizes Bishop Morlinoforexercisinghisfreespeech and religious free-exercise rights in thefaceofintensepressuredesigned tosilencehim—andtherebychillthe rights of others — in the weeks precedingtherecentmarriagestateconstitutional amendment vote in Wisconsin.BishopMorlinowastargeted because he was the most visible proponent of the amendment measure banning same-sex “marriage” in Wisconsin, the group said.
For years, those seeking to invalidate America’s marriage laws in court have attempted to advance their cause by invoking analogies to civil rights, the group said. This award is the first time that a major civil rights organization has publicly acknowledged the reality that the basic civil liberties of groups and individuals in America who believe in the protection of marriage are increasingly being challenged.
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