Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin took the stage discussing marriage and the natural law. “Whether you are a Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, agnostic or atheist, one is bound by the natural law because one is human. Natural law simply states God’s plan for the way human beings should live out their own humanness.”

Long-time defender of marriage Bishop Morlino stated that simply through the rational study of the way God made human beings, one can know that marriage is a one-flesh union—husband and wife—male and female—lifelong, with openness to children. “That’s all it can be,” he said. “And no one needs to be religious in order to understand that. It’s just the way it is.

“If we can prove that God exists by reason alone then we have every right to call upon civil authorities to promote the opportunity for prayer in public schools,” he continued. “We have every right to ask public authorities to favor religion, because humans are made for the truth that God exists.”

Quoting St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews, Bishop Morlino concluded with a charge to his listeners, “‘The just man will live by faith, but if he draw back, I take no pleasure in him.’ We are not among those who draw back and perish, we are among those who have faith and live. That’s our commission for the days ahead—in our own homes and marriages, but especially in the political sphere, which is the arena in which this battle is to be fought and in the end has to be won.”