Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, on Easter Sunday defended the Catholic Church’s stance on marriage, but suggested more could be done to reach out to gays and lesbians.
“God has told us that the way to happiness, that – especially when it comes to sexual love – that is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally,” said Dolan on ABC’s “This Week.”
His comments come after the issue of same-sex marriage took center stage last week with the Supreme Court hearing two cases questioning the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Dolan, though, cautioned that the Church must “do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people.”
“I admit, we haven't been too good at that. We try our darndest to make sure we're not an anti-anybody. We're in the defense of what God has taught us about – about marriage. And it's one man, one woman, forever, to bring about new life,” he added. “We’ve got to better… to try to take that away from being anti-anybody.”
Polls show a majority of voters now back same-sex marriage, with high support among the young. That shift has been mirrored on Capitol Hill, where last week a number of high-profile Democratic senators, including many from swing or traditionally GOP strongholds announced their support for gay marriage.
Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanBipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — US mulls Afghan evacuees' future Hillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — DOJ unveils new election hacking charges MORE (R-Ohio) earlier this month also became the first GOP senator to support same-sex marriage, citing his openly-gay son for his new stance.
But other prominent Republicans, including Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (Ohio) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall Rubio: Dropping FARC from terrorist list threatens Colombians, US security This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (Fla.) have opposed gay-marriage.