WITHIN hours of Barack Obama’s announcement yesterday that he was now in support of gay marriage, Catholic and Baptist leaders issued statements deploring the President’s stance.
In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, Obama described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, head of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement:
We cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society.
The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better. Unfortunately, President Obama’s words today are not surprising since they follow upon various actions already taken by his Administration that erode or ignore the unique meaning of marriage.
I pray for the President every day, and will continue to pray that he and his Administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. May we all work to promote and protect marriage and by so doing serve the true good of all persons.
And it is reported here that the Rev Bryant Wright, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, predicted that voters will hold Obama accountable for what Wright calls:
A calculated, politically expedient decision that completely ignores the biblical foundation of marriage.
But in the ABC interview, Obama linked his decision to his faith in Jesus Christ and the Golden Rule, which he paraphrased as:
Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
This “golden rule” evidently does not stretch to North Carolina, where voters this week made theirs the 31st state to enact a constitutional amendment defining marriage exclusively as the union of one man and one woman.
In praising N Carolina’s knuckle-draggers, Brian Brown, President of The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) declared:
So much for the idea being promulgated by the media and the elite that same-sex marriage is inevitable. Just the other day, gay activists were predicting victory in North Carolina, but instead marriage won an overwhelming victory.
NOM played a major role in the passage of the North Carolina marriage amendment. NOM contributed $425,000 directly to the campaign and raised “countless additional funds for the effort”.
Note: You can express your appreciation of Obama’s stance by signing a Thank You e-card here. It states:
Thank you for standing up to boldly say that all love is equal.
This is an incredible, historic moment with huge implications for all nations. As many US states continue to ban marriage and 76 nations criminalize people because of who they love, your leadership takes this issue to the next level.
Together, we support you in challenging attacks as they come.