I must congratulate President Obama today. Publicly pledging his support for same sex marriage was definitely a risky move. There are plenty of ignorant, prejudiced people in this nation who still believe that this is a country who should restrict the rights of a segment of its citizens, not the country that was founded upon the principles of freedom and justice for all.
So you’re not gay. So you don’t believe homosexuality is right. That’s fine. That’s your prerogative, and in this country we have the freedom to think and speak our views. I’m not going to use this space to try to convince you that homosexuality isn’t wrong and that our gay and lesbian citizens deserve the right to marry. That’s not my place, and quite frankly, if your mind is made up, I doubt I will change it. But there is one thing I want to vent about:
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who heads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, says Obama’s remarks “undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society.” He adds, “The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better.”
Really? “Undermining the institution of marriage?”
Hey Cardinal Dolan. About half of the marriages in this country – the ones between a man and a woman – end in divorce. Last time I checked, a “cornerstone of our society” shouldn’t have that low of a success rate.
You know what is undermining the institution of marriage? Britney Spears. Kim Kardashian. Spouses who lie, or cheat, or abuse their partner. People who don’t want to put the work into a relationship and take the easy way out. The fact that, in this day and age where women can support themselves financially, the need for marriage has diminished. The institution is changing, and changing drastically, and until very recently none of those changes had anything to do with homosexuals.
I’m 30 years old, straight, and divorced. And, by the way, I was raised Catholic, as was my ex. Cardinal Dolan may want to look a little closer to home for the problems with marriage these days.
If gays and lesbians want to partake in this increasingly flawed institution, then by all means, I say let them. And if you don’t believe they should have that right, fine. But don’t try using the “ruining the institution” excuse. The institution is well on its way to ruin, and it’s us straight people who are making sure of it.