Newly installed Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, would really like everyone to know how disappointed he is in America. The new gay marriage laws passed Tuesday in three states, and the rejection of Minnesota's constitutional definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, signal to him a greater need to defend heterosexual marriage from these attacks by "those who promote the redefinition of marriage."
He issued a statement today. Read it and try to understand how this guy is going to keep living here:
November 6 was a disappointing day for marriage, as the effort to preserve the unique meaning of marriage in the law lost by only a narrow margin in four states, even though vastly outspent by those who promote the redefinition of marriage.
The meaning of marriage, though, cannot be redefined because it lies within our very nature. No matter what policy, law or judicial decision is put into place, marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to any children born of their union. It is either this, or it is nothing at all. In view of the fact that every child has a mother and a father, our society either respects the basic right of every child to be raised by his or her mother and father together and so supports the true and unique meaning of marriage for the good of children, or it does not.
In a society marked by increasing poverty and family fragmentation, marriage needs to be strengthened, promoted, and defended, not redefined. I hope and pray that political leaders, judges, and all people will seek to honor this foundational and common sense truth of marriage.