In response to the support of Human Rights Campaign’s red marriage equality symbol being posted on social media sites, the Catholic Church created their own parody of the symbol promoting heterosexual marriage with a division symbol.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone posted the antigay picture last week and underneath the division symbol added “Luke 12:51,” a verse in the Bible that reads, “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on Earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.”
Cordileone encouraged people to change their profile pictures to sustain the ban against same-sex marriage. Three million people supported the Archbishop’s photo.
Popular blogger Joe.My.God posted about Cordileone’s image, on March 28, and within minutes hundreds of comments, all of which deemed the picture to be cruel, created so much buzz around Cordileone’s page that the image was promptly removed.
The Archbishop did leave one image up of the symbol of the cross with the hashtag #Godislove and the title “Share if you support marriage.”
GLAAD put out a statement concerning the issue on March 29 and also put the spotlight on Monseigneur Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington’s blog that attacked the LGBT community. GLAAD’s statement stayed positive and supportive of Catholics who are not antigay stating:
“GLAAD continues to stand with the Catholics who love and support their LGBT friends and family. We will continue to speak out about such radical claims against LGBT people, no matter what the source.”
This isn’t Cordileone’s first time making headlines. The Archbishop was arrested for driving under the influence last summer.
The Archbishop Dioceses of San Francisco declined to make a statement to 429Magazine, but in a recent interview with USA Today, before the antigay images were uploaded, Cordileone gave his stance on same-sex marriage.
“To legalize marriage between two people of the same sex would enshrine in the law the principle that mothers and fathers are interchangeable or irrelevant, and that marriage is essentially an institution about adults, not children; marriage would mean nothing more than giving adults recognition and benefits in their most significant relationship,” he said.