Catholic Leaders Not Giving Up On Marriage Inequality

The Catholic Church gave millions of dollars to fight marriage equality this year — money that could have gone to charitable causes — but is apparently unfazed by the defeat in all four states. When congratulating President Obama on his re-election, Cardinal Timothy Dolan promised that the Church will continue to “stand in defense” of life, marriage, and religious freedom. Responding to the marriage equality victory in Maryland, Baltimore Archbishop William Lori similarly said the Church must “redouble our efforts to defend marriage,” warning that the freedom to marry “will prove not to have been for the common good of our state.” If one of the Church’s top priorities remains opposing legal security for same-sex couples and their children, it will become more difficult to argue that its mission has anything to do with supporting the common good.