New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan compared the “threat” posed to marriage by gays and lesbians to that of polygamy, adultery, and forced marriage during a forum on marriage in Poughkeepsie, New York last night, and insisted that he was not “anti-gay”:
DOLAN: While some defending marriage may have sadly and regrettably sunk into gay bashing, the groups represented here this beautiful evening were scrupulously fervent in their insistant that this was pro-marriage, not anti-gay. If you look at our pedigree of the faiths represented here this evening, you’ll note that we’ve been cogent in our defense of marriage against a lot of things — frivolous divorce, polygamy, adultery, forced marriages, cohabitation, just to mention a few contemporary threats to marriage. In our fight against divorce, we were not spiteful to those divorced. In our opposition to polygamy, we were not anti its practitioners. In our worries about adultery, we were not prejudiced against adulterers. And in our recent efforts we weren’t anti-gay, but pro-marriage.
Dolan has a long history of declaring his “love” for the gay community while insulting gay people and working to deny them equal protections. The archbishop led the religious opposition to New York’s civil same-sex marriage law, during which he compared extending marriage to gays and lesbians to communist dictatorships, incest and argued that it would be “perilous” and “detrimental for the common good.” “You don’t redefine marriage — a given — just to accommodate people’s lifestyle,” Dolan said in an interview with the National Catholic Register in late June.