While gays spent the weekend parading and planning their weddings, State Senator Marty Golden continued to express his disapproval of their right to marry. “My faith guided me, as it has throughout my political career, in deciding what is right and what is wrong, and as such, I couldn’t and didn’t vote to legalize same sex marriage,” he told the Knights of Columbus on Friday, the Brooklyn Paper reports. “We must continue to oppose this challenge to our faith and this destruction of the sacrament of marriage.” Lest you think Golden—the only senator from Brooklyn to vote against the bill—only uses language like “sacrament” when speaking to a Catholic audience, the Paper reports that he “clarified” his remarks on Saturday: “For [the state senate] to think that we have the authority to redefine a Holy Sacrament, based on the pressure of well funded special interests, is a manipulation of that which we were sent here to do.”
…which was to put discriminatory Catholic values into secular law for the entire state of New York?
Golden, though, seems like just a foot soldier, taking orders from his higher-ups in the church; over the weekend, the Bishop of Brooklyn, Nicholas DiMarzio, “suggested that opponents of gay marriage should ‘now speak more forcefully and clearly’ against it,” the Christian Post reports.
“I believe the passage of same-sex marriage is another ‘nail in the coffin’ of marriage,” said DiMarzio. “It is destructive because we fail to view marriage in the context of a vocation: a calling to participate in the great enterprise of forming the next generation. Marriage is reduced to an empty honor.”
Oo! I’d like to reduce that guy to an empty honor!