Archbishop Makes Terrible Anti-Equality Argument

Salvatore Cordileone, the archbishop of San Francisco, is beside himself over the state of Rhode Island becoming the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. And he’s offering a transparently ridiculous argument in opposition to it. This is just staggeringly stupid and hypocritical:

Cordileone, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, described the law as “a serious injustice.” He suggested that marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples would be harmful to children, who deserve to have both a mother and father.

“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.

Let’s leave aside the obvious absurdity of a Catholic bishop worrying about the welfare of children; if you gave a damn about children, you’d leave that criminal organization. Even granting that his argument is valid and sincere, how about the hundreds of thousands of children of gay parents? Wouldn’t they be better off with two parents with shared responsibility for the child? All of the reasons that you claim stable, two-parent households are good for children are true whether those parents are straight or gay. This isn’t about protecting children, it’s about inflicting the barbaric moral code of the Bible on gay people.

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