As it becomes more and more obvious that the enemies of equality are going to lose on same-sex marriage, just as they have lost every other battle for equality over the last couple centuries, they’re straining to figure out why. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York takes a shot at it:
Gregory noted that Illinois just became the latest U.S. state to legalize gay marriage and asked, “Regardless of the church teachings, do you think this is evolving in such a way that it’s ultimately going to be legal everywhere?”
Or, he asked, will there be “a backlash” against gay marriage?
“I think I’d be a Pollyanna to say that there doesn’t seem to be kind of a stampede to do this,” Dolan said. “I regret that.”
Asked why the church is losing the argument on gay marriage, Dolan responded, “Well, I think maybe we’ve been outmarketed sometimes. We’ve been caricatured as being anti-gay.”
He said the church supports “traditional marriage and is not “anti-anybody,” adding, “When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle.”
I know, right? Just like the opponents of interracial marriage were “caricatured” as racist when they were just supporting “traditional marriage.” And the opponents of ending slavery were “caricatured” as racist when they were just defending tradition. And the opponents of women’s suffrage were “caricatured” as sexist when they were just defending tradition. Or…you really are bigoted just as all those others were and you’re losing because you should be losing.