Scottish Cardinal Pledges an All-Out Fight Against Marriage Equality

Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland has vowed that the Catholic Church in that country will go to any length to oppose marriage equality there, including spending 100,000 British pounds and establishing a special Sunday campaign against equal marriage legislation.

The Scotsman newspaper report quotes O’Brien as saying:

“Marriage is under threat and politicians need to know the Catholic Church will bear any burden and meet any cost in its defence.

“The bishops of Scotland are so concerned by threats to marriage that 26 August has been set aside as Support Marriage Sunday.

“We will use this opportunity to remind Catholics of the importance of marriage as a union of a man and a woman and to urge them to be generous in contributing to a special collection which will be used to support initiatives in defence of marriage.”

Equality advocates were quick to denounce O’Brien’s comments.  Tom French, the Equality Network’s policy coordinator said:

“For the Catholic Church to spend another £100,000 fighting LGBT equality in its self-declared war on gay marriage seems to be an aggressive, undemocratic and un-Christian thing to do.

“At a time of financial crisis, when poverty and depravation are on the rise, surely there are better things that this money could be spent on.”

The strong words from O’Brien were not isolated comments.  He previously has compared marriage equality to slavery and described it as a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right.”   He has already spent 50,000 British pounds on the campaign to prevent marriage equality.

Polls show that the Scottish population, including Scottish Catholics, support marriage equality.  According to a PinkNews article:

“Opinion polls have shown consistent public support for same-sex marriage in Scotland. The most recent poll was conducted in mid-June by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Equality Network. It showed record support with 64% of Scots in favour of a change in the law, and just 26% opposed. Separate polls conducted over the past two years by Populus, YouGov, Angus Reid, and the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, have all shown similar levels of support.

“The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey also showed that a majority of Scottish Catholics support same-sex marriage with 57% in favour and just 25% opposed.”

–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry