Dan Gilgoff calls attention to a new ad supporting same-sex marriage in Maine that features Yolande Dumont sitting with her gay son, his partner, and their son. She says, in part:
“I’ve been a Catholic all my life. My faith means a lot to me. Marriage
to me is a great institution that works, and it’s what I want for my children, too.”
Brian Burch of CatholicVoteAction.org is calling for the ad to come down on the grounds that, because of this statement, it is “pretending that the Catholic faith supports” same-sex marriage. I can see how someone from Mars might draw that conclusion, but citizens of voting age in the Pine Tree State?
Still, for those Mainers who might be unaware of the Church’s position, I would heartily recommend this draft of the Catholic bishops’ forthcoming pastoral letter on marriage–which the National Catholic Reporter has succeeded in prying loose from headquarters. As the NCR’s editorial on the draft suggests, it doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room in re: same-sex relationships in general, and same-sex marriage in particular:
One of the most troubling developments in contemporary culture is the proposition that persons of the same sex can “marry.” This proposal redefines the nature of marriage and the family, and, as a result, harms both the intrinsic dignity of every human being and the common good of society.
I think they’ll have some trouble convincing Yolande of this. And maybe a lot of other voters up there too.