With momentum surging towards marriage equality passage in New York, religious conservatives opposed to the change are pushing back harder than ever. The latest attack on on the LGBT community comes from Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who compared the “redefinition” of marriage to a a dictatorial infringement of rights:
Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America — not in China or North Korea. In those countries, government presumes daily to “redefine” rights, relationships, values, and natural law. There, communiqués from the government can dictate the size of families, who lives and who dies, and what the very definition of “family” and “marriage” means.
But, please, not here! Our country’s founding principles speak of rights given by God, not invented by government, and certain noble values — life, home, family, marriage, children, faith — that are protected, not re-defined, by a state presuming omnipotence.
Please, not here! We cherish true freedom, not as the license to do whatever we want, but the liberty to do what we ought; we acknowledge that not every desire, urge, want, or chic cause is automatically a “right.” And, what about other rights, like that of a child to be raised in a family with a mom and a dad?
Of course, correcting a history of discrimination by allowing same-sex couples equal access to a right doesn’t infringe on Dolan’s life whatsoever. Dolan previously compared same-sex marriage to incest. As leadership from the Catholic Church have consistently shown, their top priority is not protecting children, but ensuring that gays and lesbians continue to be second-class citizens in society.