Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Worry Comes for the Archbishop

The battle over marriage equality in New York is in its last pressure-packed days, and Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan is worried.

Yesterday the firm opponent of same-sex marriage blogged, "Last time I consulted an atlas, it is clear we are living in New York, in the United States of America – not in China or North Korea."

He's worried, but fretting hasn't impacted his sense of geography.

"In those countries, government presumes daily to 'redefine' rights, relationships, values, and natural law," Dolan wrote. "There, communiqu├ęs from the government can dictate the size of families, who lives and who dies, and what the very definition of 'family' and 'marriage' means."

So Albany is in serious danger of becoming Pyongyang. Does this mean Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to dress like Kim Jong-il?

Here's my favorite line: "Our beliefs should not be viewed as discrimination against homosexual people."

They ain't exactly a pat on the back.

Dolan said the state was right to grant gays basic rights like bereavement leave and death benefits. Marriage is a different animal. "It is the union of a man and a woman in a loving, permanent, life-giving union to pro-create children."

I believe even the archbishop knows that statement has as many refutable points as a North Korean newspaper.