U.S. District Judge Michael McShane released a decision today, repealing Oregon’s constitutional marriage amendment defining marriage in Oregon as between a man and a woman.

After the decision was announced, the Oregon Catholic Conference released an official stament that said its leaders are deeply grieved by Judge McShane's ruling to redefine marriage.

"It is a travesty of justice that marriage, as the foundation of society, received no defense in the U.S. District Court. Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, in an extreme dereliction of her sworn duty to uphold the law, refused to represent the interests and the people of Oregon. It is a sad day for democracy when one federally appointed judge can overturn, without any representation, the express will of the people of Oregon," said the statement.

The National Organization for Marriage filed an attempt to intervene in the case on behalf of its Oregon members after Rosenblum earlier this year declined to defend the state law. The judge denied the motion, stating the organization was unreasonably late in its request.

Officials of the National Organization for Marriage then appealed the judge's order to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and attempted to win a stay, halting Judge McShane from taking further action. The court refused the appeal.

"Despite the judge's ruling, authentic marriage remains what it has always and only been according to God's design: the loving union between one man and one woman for the mutual benefit of the two who have become one flesh and any children born of their union," continued the Oregon Catholic Conference statement. "Redefining marriage confuses the true purpose and meaning of marriage. An act deliberately ensuring that more children will grow up motherless or fatherless is not an act of love. The Oregon Catholic Conference will continue to uphold the true meaning of marriage and advocate for genuine marriages and families in Oregon, and it urges all people of good will to continue to reject the flawed notion that a pairing of two people of the same gender constitutes a marriage."