Yet another celibate weighs in on Marriage Equality.This time it is Thomas J. Tobin, the Roman Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island who has emerged from his mansion to impose his will on all of us. According to Tobin, “The General Assembly Should Reject “Same-Sex Marriage.’” It’s the usual BS including:

The natural law, the Holy Scriptures, and long-standing religious
tradition are very consistent in affirming that homosexual activity is
sinful, contrary to God’s plan. It should never be encouraged, ratified or “blessed” by the state. 

“Natural law” once held that black people were put on earth as natural inferiors in order to be subservient to white people. In other words, slavery was justified by natural law. The scriptures, God’s plan and religion are all irrelevant to the issue in a country that prohibits enshrining religion into law.

Tobin also claims:

… while rejecting homosexual activity, the Catholic Church has
consistently promoted respect and pastoral care for individuals with
same-sex attraction.

Great. The guy cannot even address us as “gay people.” The term “individuals with same-sex attraction” is used to express people with a curable disease. The Church expects us to be celibate.

The the bishop intentionally misstates the legal climate:

… the U.S. Supreme Court has now agreed to hear two cases that will
profoundly affect the legal status of marriage in our country.

Once case before the Supreme Court only affects California; The other deals with federal recognition of same-marriages where permitted by the state. In no way, whatsoever, could either of those two cases result in prohibiting Rhode Island from joining the rest of New England as an equal marriage state. The bishop is trying to muddy the waters to delay the process.

Eventually, we get to the good stuff:

Some have argued that the “civil rights” of the minority should not be
determined by the vote of the majority. I challenge that premise though.
What is the source of this so-called “civil right?” Where is the moral
or legal “right” to marry a person of the same gender found? It
certainly has not been part of the human experience, of human history.
Is it simply the personal happiness or fulfillment of individuals, the
“right to do whatever I want to do?” If that’s the argument, it opens up
all sorts of other social experiments for us, doesn’t it?

No Bishop, it does not. While he is very concerned about religious liberty and First Amendment issues, he doesn’t seem similarly concerned about equal protection under the law or even the Establishment Clause within the same First Amendment.

All this is nothing new for Tobin. Last May, he claimed that the President’s support of equality was a “sad day in American history.”

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.