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04/08/2010

Cord that's already shocked us now stretching to MN

by Jeremy Hooper

Salvatore-CordileoneBishop Salvatore Cordileone is credited by those in the know as being a, if not THE, guiding voice behind Proposition 8. And on 4/17, he will appear alongside Maggie Gallagher at a St. Paul, Minnesota, event, where the two are clearly laying ground for a potential marriage equality fight in that state. Ya know -- so that they can do some more of that "marriage protecting" that has already broken so many hearts and rightfully enraged so many civilly minded individuals who understand the simple concept of civil freedom.

So what might a young, equality-supportive Minnesotan who attends the 4/17 event expect to hear regarding their own freely determined views? Well, in advance of his forthcoming appearance, Cordileone has given an interview to a local Catholic publication. As you can see, "You, a free citizen of a natural realm that includes a diversity of types, used your own experience with the world to see civil marriage equality as being inclusive of all tax-paying citizens, regardless of what other's personal religious interpretations may tell them to believe" is not the kind of line one should anticipate coming from the lips of Salvatore:

CATHOLIC SPIRIT: Some recent opinion polls have shown that younger generations are less averse to the idea of same-sex marriage. Do you think that the Catholic Church is fighting a losing battle?

BISHOP CORDILEONE: I think all we have to do is inform them what marriage is and why it is so important for the public good, and get them in touch with their own experience.

This is the generation that has suffered the consequences of the undermining of marriage. They’ve grown up without their mother and father, or their friends have grown up without that. I think if we can get them in touch with their own experience — and it’s sensitive because it’s a painful thing for them — it can help them realize why marriage is so important and why it’s important for children, why it’s important for society.

So I think we have a great opportunity to reach young people if we can be very assertive and energetic in educating them about marriage. If we don’t do that, then, yes, I think we will lose them because without that they won’t understand from society what marriage really is.


CS: So you have hope that this is something that the Catholic Church can do?

CORDILEONE: Yes, I think we can with like-minded believers who understand these basic truths about marriage.

*KEEP READING: Bishop Cordileone to address fight for marriage [Catholic Spirit]

I, Jeremy, understand a basic truth too: THAT I'M LEGALLY MARRIED. Kids and parents walked down my and my husband's aisle. People of all ages looked on with glee. Multiple faiths were represented on site. Martha Stewart ran photos from it. Heck, even a nun was on hand!

We gay folk and our basic civil equality are not deviances from the norm, one that has captured the poor youths' minds. The progression in our support system is organic. The deviation came with those who declared this inorganic "culture war" rather than peacefully accepted the spectrum of the planet for what it was designed to be!

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