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Anti-LGBT Archbishop tapped to give closing prayer at Democratic Convention

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, and one of the Catholic Church’s leading voices against marriage equality, has been tapped by the Democratic party to deliver the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week.

The announcement has drawn sharp criticism from LGBT advocacy groups, calling the selection “out of step” with the Democrat’s inclusive, pro-LGBT platform.

“This is a historic Democratic convention for LGBT people – the party’s platform embraces both full marriage equality and federal workplace protections, and there will be more openly LGBT delegates and participants than ever before,” said HRC spokesman Dan Rafter.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

“Despite these advances, the convention will close with words from Cardinal Dolan, an active opponent of LGBT equality,” Rafter said, in a statement.

LGBT advocacy group “Truth Wins Out” said the the Democrats have “squandered an opportunity” to provide a platform for a progressive, religious voice, “and instead elevated one of the nation’s most outspoken opponents of marriage equality.”

On the day following President Barack Obama’s historic endorsement of marriage equality, Dolan said that he prayed for the President and would continue to pray that Obama would “uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

Dolan was a leading voice against marriage equality in New York. In June 2011, he called marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples “a violation of what we consider the natural law that’s embedded in every man and woman,” as well as “immoral” and “detrimental to the common good.”

“There are a plethora of faith leaders who embody the Golden Rule in their daily work – striving to serve those on the margins of society; working to bring comfort to those lacking it; and advocating for faith communities that welcome their LGBT sisters and brothers,” said Rafter.

“While Cardinal Dolan has a respected tracked record in the ministry, his work to undercut the dignity of LGBT people cannot be overlooked,” he added.

This year’s Democratic convention is being called an “historic” gathering for LGBT people by some analysts.

According to Jereme Davis, Executive Director at National Stonewall Democrats, there will be 486 LGBT delegates at this years Democratic convention. Davis estimated at least 534 total LGBT participants when including alternates, committee members and pages.

Dolan, who serves as President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is also scheduled to deliver the closing prayer at the GOP Convention currently underway in Tampa, Fla.

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45 more reader comments:

  1. Again with this? Didn’t this happen at the last Democratic Convention?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:07pm
  2. Boo!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:08pm
  3. Boo! Bad choice!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:08pm
  4. Why is this not shocking?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:09pm
  5. Not cool

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:10pm
  6. Boo!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:11pm
  7. Horrible decision.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:13pm
  8. I like their current candidate for the Throne of San Francisco – sum drunken Jesuit who mutilates altar flowers, spits at altar girls and scares children w his imitations of paint drying.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:14pm
  9. There shouldn’t be a closing prayer in the first damn place.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:14pm
  10. Lame

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:15pm
  11. Wtf? i thought they were turning more pro equality? Plus why a christian prayer, why not a representation of other religions too?! Horrible choice!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:16pm
  12. Bad choice. Nearly everyone will be walking right out before he speaks.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:17pm
  13. I protest.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:22pm
  14. @ Anna…. pro equality???? Have you read their platform? The rising of the American Taliban.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:23pm
  15. Did anyone see the last lines of the article? He its also closing the GOP’s convention! What the hell!?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:23pm
  16. F em!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:24pm
  17. Why is this a surprise? They never were for any of us. Historically the Democrats were against any and all change. All the change (for the better) in this country was brought upon by Republicans. Learn your history.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:26pm
  18. Isn’t “Anti-LGBT Archbishop” kind of redundant, at least when you’re talking about Catholic archbishops?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:28pm
  19. Not at all surprised but still offended. Oh well, I’ll take my tranny, atheist butt in the other room and finish eating babies LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:33pm
  20. R YOU KIDDING????

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:36pm
  21. Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:36pm
  22. This Dolan guy is a reminder of many things that are wrong with this country, mainly, putting his nose in politics where he doesn’t belong. Go away and stay in your church, in your neighborhood where you might do some charity work or something useful !

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:45pm
  23. I heard the football coach at PSU was busy.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:47pm
  24. WTF

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:49pm
  25. Unfortunate choice.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:52pm
  26. JUST WHYYY…YYYYY

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 5:57pm
  27. I think someone should start a petition…NOW…

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:05pm
  28. Rush Limbaugh wasn’t available?

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:07pm
  29. I like it! This man is a joke…give him a platform and he will continue to prove his lack of relevancy.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:14pm
  30. Wake up people, the DEMS so called “pro-equality” stint is just an election year ploy….they are just trying to get more LGBT votes for “Osama” and his cronies.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:20pm
  31. that rush limbaugh post is the very reason fb needs a LOVE Button

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:32pm
  32. he should be proud!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:34pm
  33. Yeah then head to the Bathouse at the back entrance and get in for free for the evening.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:42pm
  34. EW . . . he’s such a big jerk!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 7:20pm
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    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 7:35pm
  36. One step forward, two steps back.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 7:46pm
  37. This is not Pres. Obama’s choice. It’s the DNC. And for those who think it’s just a publicity stunt, here is a link to all the the things this president and his administration has done for the GLBT community over the past 3 years. While we don’t have EVERYTHING we want, we have made progress. The worst thing we could do is elect a bunch of Republicans who want a Federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, put back DADT, and DOMA amongst many other anti-gay policies/laws.
    http://www.equalitygiving.org/Accomplishments-by-the-Administration-and-Congress-on-LGBT-Equality

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 7:59pm
  38. Ugly!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 8:05pm
  39. A VERY poor choice.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 8:49pm
  40. Not happy with that choice Mr President.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 9:27pm
  41. Floyd…even if it doesnt happen..Obama is at least giving us hope.where we have none with the other party

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 10:11pm
  42. No.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 10:27pm
  43. What the FRECKEN H**L do they think they are are start sign to say no dolan here’s a mistake!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 12:13am
  44. Never mix politics and superstitions. They are supposed to represent the people, and the people are free to have the religion of their choice or to be part of no sect at all.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 12:38am
  45. I’m a VERY reluctant Obama supporter as it is and things like this make me want to vote 3rd party. Don’t Democrats realize this is as offensive to LGBT’s as inviting a Klan member to pray would be to racial minorities? Idiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 12:45pm