Urges Members Who Support Traditional Marriage to Stand Firm
Why Engage in Divisive Battle if Supreme Court May Decide Matter?
(PROVIDENCE, R.I.)-Calling same-sex marriage immoral and unnecessary, while also expressing concern for the spiritual welfare of those with same-sex attraction, in a column that will appear in this week’s Rhode Island Catholic, The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence shares why the General Assembly should protect marriage as a sacred union of one man and one woman.
“The Catholic Church has consistently promoted respect and pastoral care for individuals with same-sex attraction,” the Bishop writes. “They are children of God and our brothers and sisters. They are invited to be members of our churches. It is our very concern for their spiritual welfare, however, that motivates our rejection of the homosexual lifestyle and same-sex marriage.”
The Bishop shares the following points, among others, relative to why the General Assembly should not pass legislation approving gay marriage in Rhode Island:
- Poses yet another threat to religious freedom;
- U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases that will profoundly affect the legal status of marriage in our country and will make a decision this summer; and
- If we are in fact forced to discuss the nature of matrimony in our state, it should be placed before the general public in a referendum.
“As early as this summer the Supreme Court might rule that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” is constitutional and enforceable; or that states must recognize homosexual unions; or that each state has the right to make its own decision in this matter,” the Bishop writes. “In any event, why is Rhode Island spending time and energy on this issue right now when the Supreme Court might make the decision for us? Let’s wait and see what the Supreme Court determines before we engage in this emotionally-charged and divisive battle once again.”
The Bishop has written a number of columns and issued statements in support of the protection of marriage between one man and one woman. To read other statements and columns, please click on the following links:
- Five Problems with “Homosexual Marriage”
- Statement of Bishop Tobin on President’s decision to support same-sex marriage
- Protecting religious freedoms
- Civil Unions are not the answer
- Considering the consequences of same-sex marriage
- Marriage should be strengthened, not redefined
- “Rhode Island, Most Catholic State, Welcomes Gay Marriage”
- Why You Should Worry About ‘Gay Marriage’
- Why ‘Gay Marriage’ is Wrong