Proving once again that the Catholic Church will stop at nothing in their crusade against LGBT rights and their attempt to force civil marriage law to reflect Catholic Church law, two U.S. Catholic archbishops are voicing their opposition to a new Pentagon policy that expands the range of benefits offered to same-sex spouses of active-duty military personnel.
While the so-called Defense of Marriage Act prohibits such spouses from receiving the full range of benefits, including health care and housing allowances, that their straight counterparts are given, last week’s policy change extended a wide range of valuable benefits previously unavailable to same-sex military spouses including hospital visitation, emergency leave, child care, ID cards, legal assistance, and family support programs such as family readiness groups.
But Archbishops Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services (above) and Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco (below) are speaking out in opposition to the new benefits, saying that providing basic protections for gay and lesbian soldiers, their spouses, and their children — protections that families headed by opposite-sex couples take for granted — amounts to a barely-concealed attack on marriage itself.
“This new policy under the guise of ‘equal benefits’ undermines marriage as the union of one man and one woman because it treats two persons of the same sex as spouses,” Abp. Broglio said in a statement released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The notoriously homophobic Abp. Cordileone, who leads the USCCB’s fight against marriage equality as chairman of the bishops’ “Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage,” agreed. “There is no question that all service members should be treated equally, but it is not discrimination to treat different things differently,” he said. “For the sake of our nation, and especially for the sake of our children, marriage should be promoted and protected at every opportunity, never undermined.”
This is what hatred looks like, folks. Sure, it comes in the form of well-packaged and seemingly innocuous sound bites, wrapped up in the language of religious freedom and liberty, and evoking false concern for preserving diversity and protecting children. Hell, it even comes wearing a skullcap, cassock, and pectoral cross! But don’t be fooled: opposing even basic recognition and protections for LGBT servicemembers, their spouses, and their families — even as those families sacrifice for our country and face the often unbearable pressures of military life — is hate, pure and simple.