Roman Catholics and marriage equality
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops was formed in 1966 to manage the Catholic Church's affairs in the United States. Catholic bishop’s interviews provide some firsthand insights by regional religious authorities for a qualitative dimension toward understanding Catholic responses to marriage equality. "The story of Roman Catholicism in the nineteenth century is the story of immigration." Catholics differ demographically from mainline and evangelical Protestants when it comes to race, ethnicity, and immigration status. Catholic bishop also observed "a double standard" for straight people who violate religious norms regarding sexuality. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops introduces Catholic beliefs and teachings with a juxtaposition of the Second Vatican Council to the current state of the world. In 1606 Franciscans began a long tradition of Catholic education in America, founding the first Catholic school in Florida. The potato famine in the 1840s led millions of Irish Catholics to flee to the United States, forever changing the face of American Catholicism.