An outspoken and controversial Catholic leader claims that procreation, not love, is the reason why two people get married.
In an interview on Current TV's "Viewpoints" last week, Catholic League President Bill Donohue covered a favorite topic -- gay marriage -- claiming the "idea of two men getting married is the most bizarre idea in human history."
Christians, said Donohue, have an obligation to follow natural law. "Everyone knows in their right mind that the whole purpose of marriage is to have a family," he told host John Fugelsang. "It’s not about making people happy. It’s not about love." Every child needs a father and a mother, he continued, citing "social and psychological attributes."
Fugelsang countered by stating that many gay couples have raised healthy, well-adjusted children; but Donohue said data on such households was too recent to prove anything.
“As I remember, the Ten Commandments said, ‘Honor thy mother and thy father.’ It didn’t say, ‘Honor thy father and thy father,’" Donohue continued.
"Aren't you tired of carrying this banner against gay equality?" Fugelsang later asked. "Where in scripture does it say that we have to treat our gay brothers and sisters like second-class citizens?"
"No one has a right to get married," Donohue said.
Anyone who has followed the long and virulently anti-gay career of Donohue at the Catholic League shouldn't be surprised by these comments, however.
In 2011, Donohue released a statement calling AIDS a “self-inflicted wound,” and said homosexuals who did not follow the teachings of the Church would “self-destruct.”
Last May, Donohue told Piers Morgan "there is no substitute for a marriage between a man and a woman. I want the law to discriminate against straight people who live together ... I want the law to discriminate against all alternative lifestyles, against gays and unions."
He has also insisted that the Catholic sex abuse scandal is a homosexual crisis.
(Hat tip, New Civil Rights Movement)
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