The Archbishop of San Francisco has condemned the legalization of marriage equality in Rhode Island. Salvatore Cordileone argued that marriage equality would harm helpless children and called the Garden State’s passing of the legislation a “serious injustice.”
“Marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to any child conceived of their union,” Cordileone said. “While those making great sacrifices to raise their children in less than ideal circumstances need and deserve our love and support, we cannot claim to have a just society if we do not look out for the most vulnerable among us: children.”
Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize marriage equality last week with a 56 to 15 vote.
According to a 2013 poll from the Washington Post, 59 percent of Catholics support marriage equality – a higher number than the overall American population in support of marriage equality at 58 percent.
“That means preserving in the law the principle that every child deserves a mother and father united in marriage. That means supporting in our institutions and in our culture the true and unique meaning of marriage,” the Archbishop continued.
Cordileone has been a staunch critic of marriage equality and made controversial remarks by comparing the legalization of marriage equality to the legalization of male breastfeeding.
Cordileone added that Catholics should not attend weddings by same-sex couples as it “might harm their relationship with God and cause significant scandal to others.”
Cordileone is not alone in the anti-equality discussion. Rhode Island’s Bishop Thomas Tobin criticized the law, saying he was “profoundly disappointed.” Last month, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron condemned Catholics who support marriage equality thereby losing the right to receive communion.
In another survey done by the Public Religion Research Institute, 56 percent of Catholics agreed that sexual relations between two adults of the same sex are sinful.