Indianapolis, Ind. Bishops representing Indiana's five Roman Catholic dioceses have issued a letter in response to a proposal to add a ban on gay marriage to the state constitution, but they didn't take a side.
The letter says, "The Church upholds the dignity and sanctity of marriage... a partnership between one man and one woman."
But it also says the Church believes in the dignity of every human, including people with same-sex attraction, who must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.
Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin says the letter will help Catholics avoid the extremes of either seeing the proposed amendment as a battle, or as an issue that can only be guided by polls.