Catholic Rhode Island Governor Supports Traditional Marriage
Last week Catholic Governor Don Carcieri, and his wife, Sue, issued statements at a press conference supporting efforts to protect traditional marriage.
At a National Organization for Marriage (NOM) press conference in Providence to announce NOM's new "Gathering Storm" media campaign, Gov. Carcieri said he was a "traditionalist" and the best upbringing for a child was in a home with both a father and a mother.
He also expressed that an issue as important as this must be decided by the people and not by courts or legislators.
"In Massachusetts it was the court. In Vermont it was the legislature. I believe it should be done with citizens. Let them decide," Carcieri said.
Two bills have been proposed that would legalize same sex marriage and will soon begin debate in the Assembly. Since Vermont has now legalized gay marriage, Rhode Island is the only New England state that does not recognize gay marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships.
NY Catholic Governor introduces same-sex marriage bill a day after attending Archbishop Dolan's installation Mass.
Just one day after attending the installation Mass of Archbishop Timothy Dolan at St. Patrick's Cathedral, the New York Catholic Governor introduced a same-sex marriage bill and is taking a strong stand pushing for its passage.
"The time has come to act, the time has come for leadership, the time has come to bring marriage equality to the state of New York," said Governor Patterson.
Having passed in the state Assembly in 2007, it was prevented from going to a vote in the Senate by Republicans who at that time maintained a majority. Governor Patterson is issuing a direct challenge to legislators demanding an up or down vote forcing legislators to take a stand.
Sen. Ruben Diaz of the Bronx, an evangelical pastor, is leading an effort to safeguard traditional marriage. While Patterson was announcing the bill, Diaz was meeting with religious leaders to discuss the course of action to defeat it.
Was this public dissent of Church teaching specifically timed to coincide with the arrival of a new Archbishop? Sen. Diaz believed the timing was calculated and a direct challenge.
"I think it's a laugh in the face of the new archbishop. The Jews just finished their holy week. The Catholics just received the new archbishop. The evangelical Christians just celebrated Good Friday and resurrection. He comes out to do this at this time? It's a challenge the governor is sending to every religious person in New York and the time for us has come for us to accept the challenge."
Prior to his installation Archbishop Dolan was asked about the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. He responded that he would challenge any effort to legalize gay marriage in New York.
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