WASHINGTON – With the oral arguments underway at the Supreme Court for cases relating to California’s controversial Proposition 8 decision and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, activists on both sides of the marriage equality debate are demonstrating in front of the highest court in the land.
On hand are so-called “family values” groups who claim Biblical authority of carrying out Christ’s message in their opposition to civil same-sex marriage rights. Noticeably absent, however, are the purported words of Christ to support this endeavor. Catholics United continues to search for that elusive condemnation text supposedly hidden somewhere deep in the Gospel.
Of course, that’s impossible. Christ never said anything about gay people. Still, this hasn’t stopped certain right wing groups from using his word to divide and confuse.
“Christ did indeed say many things, but let’s face it: not one of them was about condemning gay people,” said James Salt, executive director of Catholics United. “It’s troubling that so many people who claim to follow his word have such difficulty understanding his real message. Christ’s message was to bring good news to the poor, not to ostracize gays, inflame phobias or create division.”
Salt said he hoped that lay Catholics, who, according to a March 2013 nationwide poll by Quinnipiac University, support marriage equality by a much higher margin than the general public, can continue to be an example of inclusion and healing for those hurt by years of unjust law.
“What’s most important today is to focus on the real Gospel mission,” said Salt. “Under the leadership of our Holy Father Pope Francis, we hope Catholics everywhere will remember that our faith is about love, not hate. Lay men and women will continue to work toward providing healing to the sick, ailing those affected by economic injustice, protecting our environment and working toward advancing the Common Good.”
Founded in 2004, Catholics United, and its educational arm, Catholics United Education Fund, are non-profit, non-partisan organizations dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the Common Good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition.