MANILA, May 12, 2012–New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan charged US President Barack Obama with undermining the “very cornerstone of society” following the latter’s support for same-sex marriage.
In a May 9 statement, the cardinal, who also serves as the President
of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), was quoted
by Catholic News Agency as stating that they “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.”
Though the announcement was “not surprising” due to Obama’s previous
actions, Dolan still finds his endorsement that “erode[s] or ignore[s]
the unique meaning of marriage” as “deeply saddening.”
Last Wednesday, Obama announced his support for same-sex marriages in an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts.
“I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to
go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get
married,” was the President’s long-winded but hardly surprising
affirmation of his stand regarding “gy marriage.”
Obama’s latest statement places him in firm disagreement with
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has signed a pledge to
uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
“I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor and
that I’ve expressed many times,” he said at a May 9 campaign event in
Oklahoma. “I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a
So far, 30 states have passed constitutional amendments banning “gay
marriage,” including North Carolina, where voters approved such a
measure by an overwhelming margin on May 8.
This latest development is expected to influence Americans’ choice
for the ballot, as elections take place in November. Obama has
established his anti-life principles, and this recent proclamation of
support for “gay marriage” confirms his anti-marrige stand as well.
As the notion of “gay marriage” in the Philippines is unlikely to
prosper, pundits and pop culture-watchers were abuzz recently with the
controversy surrounding suggestions for natural-born males to be
admitted into beauty pageants for women after undergoing physical
alteration. (CBCP for Life)