Archbishop Dolan Defends Marriage in New York
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), a Catholic, submitted the Marriage Equality Act on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the State of New York.
In a written statement announcing the bill, Governor Cuomo said:
“For too long, same-sex couples have been denied the freedom to marry, as well as hundreds of rights that other New Yorkers take for granted. Marriage Equality is a matter of fairness and legal security for thousands of families in this state – not of religion or culture. When it comes to fighting for what’s right, New Yorkers wrote the book, and Marriage Equality is the next chapter of our civil rights story.”
Now today, Archbishop Timothy Dolan published a succinct commentary on “The True Meaning of Marriage.”
“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.”
Archbishop Dolan should be commended for courageously standing strong on the settled issues of life and marriage. Some criticized Archbishop Dolan for being seen with the Governor, but those naysayers should not mistake his cordial interactions with the governor for a lack of desire to stand up for faithful Catholics in New York and speak the truth about marriage.
This battle is not just being waged in New York’s General Assembly or the courts of California where a Proposition 8 ruling was recently upheld. Same sex marriage proponents have a state-by-state strategy and they are being aided by the Obama Administration’s refusal to stand by the 15 year old Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
If DOMA is struck down by the courts, its provision that defends the right of each state not to be forced to accept the redefinition of marriage in a handful of other states as a result of state court decisions or laws is nullified. Same-sex marriage advocates will just need one state then to be able to force every state in our country to recognize the marriages under law and thus securing their ultimate victory.
We cannot let that happen! Our friends at the National Organization for Marriage are on the ground fighting in New York.
But at the federal level, you can make a difference from your home by contacting your Representative and Senators. Click here to visit our action center and tell them to defend marriage.
By Matt Smith, Vice President of Catholic Advocate