In an interview with George Stephanopoulous, following Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of two laws targeting the LGBT community, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that while God may love gay people, they are entitled only to have friendships, not long term relationships. Think Progress reports:
Dolan said that the Church should treat same-sex couples with love, while reminding them that “sexual love…is intended only for a man and a woman”:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): And you know, especially this week – because it’s been at the top of the news – for many gay and lesbian Americans –– gay and lesbian Catholics, they feel unwelcome –– in the Church. And what do you say as a minister, as a pastor – to a gay couple that comes to you and say, “We love God. We love the Church. But we also love each other, and we –– want to raise a family in faith. What do you say to them?
DOLAN: Well, the first thing I’d say to them is, “I love you, too. And God loves you. And you are made in God’s image and likeness. And – and we – we want your happiness. But – and you’re entitled to friendship.” But we also know that 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. We gotta be – we gotta do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven’t been too good at that.
Dolan has lobbied against New York's marriage equality law, and has prohibited any Church personnel or property being used for the purposes of same sex marriage. The majority of voters, according to polls, support marriage equality. The Hill adds:
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 Portman (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.