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Rhode Island bishop says same-sex marriage ‘unnecessary, immoral’

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is urging Rhode Island state lawmakers to reject the latest proposal to legalize same-sex marriage, calling it “immoral and unnecessary.”

Thomas J. Tobin

In his latest column, appearing Monday in the Rhode Island Catholic, Tobin argues that marriage has existed “in every human culture from the very beginning of human history” and was “designed by God” to “affirm the complementary roles of males and females in a loving relationship” and “provide a stable foundation for the procreation and raising of children.”

“Homosexual relationships can achieve neither of those goals” and “enshrines into civil law immoral activity,” he wrote.

Tobin has called on the Rhode Island General Assembly to “protect marriage as a sacred union of one man and one woman.”

Last Thursday, two Rhode Island state lawmakers formally introduced bills in the state House and Senate that would legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples, setting the stage for Rhode Island to become the tenth — or eleventh, depending on progress in Illinois – state to where same-sex marriage is legal.

House Speaker Gordon Fox (D-Providence), who is also openly gay, said he wanted a vote on the measure by Jan. 31.

Tobin advised that Rhode Island should wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA), which defines marriage between a man and a woman.

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  1. he would

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:18pm
  2. Puppet of the Pope

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:20pm
  3. How’s he feel about ‘Marriage’ -cause that’s what I want. Nothing gay. Nothing different. Just marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:21pm
  4. the church needs to stay the hell out of politics unless they want to start paying taxes…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:21pm
  5. these people are only men in dresses who people allow to retain authority over their religious beliefs. sad really.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:21pm
  6. booo

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:22pm
  7. Well at least they are all singing from same hymnal…..sounds a bit flat to me.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:22pm
  8. How is marriage ever immoral?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:22pm
  9. And having sex with kids is?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:22pm
  10. come on! really ? the churchs future doesn’t look very Bright!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:22pm
  11. Really ???? And priests going after children is ??? Wtf is wrong w our world ???

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:23pm
  12. ha………by who’s mandate????? further more he does not speake for LOVE!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:23pm
  13. OMG why the hell does he care?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:25pm
  14. The Kettle is now Black!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:26pm
  15. i think that bishops from rhode island are unnecessary and immoral

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:27pm
  16. … LOL!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:29pm
  17. And I say his view is unnecessary and his theology immoral. I am not amused by people like him any longer!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:34pm
  18. That’s what I think of Catholicism!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:34pm
  19. The Catholic Church as most have lost all credibility with the pedophilia, affairs and other evils that they eventually get caught in.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:36pm
  20. IF spending a lifetime with someone you love is immoral and unnecessary. I say bring it on it’s better than eternity alone and bitter say like a Catholic Bishop

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:36pm
  21. He’s being a mouthpiece for the pope, who is an idiot!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:37pm
  22. D bag for jan 13!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:46pm
  23. It’s immoral to turn their heads on their sicko molesting priests.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:47pm
  24. And how would he know its unnecessary? His personal moral code is not a concern to me but I would like to know how he came to the conclusion that marriage equality is unnecessary!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 5:47pm
  25. No, pedophilia is wrong and immoral, but that didn’t stop the church from covering for their twisted bretheren, did it.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:11pm
  26. Bet he listens to Rush Limbaugh who has been married four times with no children.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:13pm
  27. Bishops are unneccessary and immoral!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:14pm
  28. Sorry. It is indeed necessary to give equal civil rights to all minorities, no matter what your goofy, phony-ass religious beliefs.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:17pm
  29. Never be surprised when mentally ill people say, think, and do insane things.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:19pm
  30. his bigotry and self-centered way of thinking is “unnecessary, immoral “

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:26pm
  31. Well bishop, don’t get married to a man then.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:37pm
  32. Keep religion out of politics. That’s what these people are not understanding. If your personal values are against homosexuality then fine! That’s great! Don’t let your personal values dictate the way other people live their lives. This is 2013. We should be looking at moving sidewalks and flying cars. Instead, we are still fighting for civil rights? This should not be the defining argument of this generation. We should be past this. If homosexuals can fight for this country freely, let them join together in this country in marriage freely. It’s not a hard concept to grasp. It’s freedom for all. That is what this country stood for. We should have never backed away from that.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:43pm
  33. These days, most people think it’s the RC Church that’s “unnecessary, immoral.”

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:49pm
  34. I’ll start listening to the OPINIONS of the Church as soon as they STOP CONDONING PEDOPHILES in the Priesthood. Stop worrying about the sex lives of consenting ADULTS and pay attention to the depravity hiding behind the vestibule and ornamentation. I can guarantee you, the trauma suffered by victims of childhood sexual assault is more detrimental to any heterosexual relationship & the effects on a healthy marriage moreso than the ‘influence” of a committed homosexual couple

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:51pm
  35. Ahhhhh! The Ecumenical Catholic Communion, where all love is Holy! What a wonderful way to be Catholic! http://ecumenical-catholic-communion.org

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 6:54pm
  36. His opinion is unnecessary for acquiring civil rights for EVERYONE, not just people like him. Last I checked, you didn’t have to be a narrow minded bigot to have the same rights as everyone else in this country.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8:28pm
  37. Wondering what EXACTLY would we FIND; if we investigated THIS PRIEST’S background? Hmmmmm :-(

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8:32pm
  38. YET ANOTHER DESPICABLE MORONIC FOOL comes out of his cloister to join the PARADE OF HATE and BIGOTRY. His opinion is “UNNECESSARY and IGNORANT.”

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8:41pm
  39. Since churches do not pay any tax they shouldn’t be allowed to speak about anything political and/or similar. No taxation without representation and no representation without taxation. If ya wanna try and call the tune you’d better be prepared to pay the piper.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 9:48pm
  40. - Just because /he/ has no use for it doesn’t mean that it’s not a necessity to others. Arrogant and ignorant like far too many self-righteous unChristians. In this nation we should obey the laws of equal treatment, not any religion’s (or even quorum of religions’) crustified code of intradenominational conduct.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:56pm
  41. If anything is unnecessary and immoral, it’s the catholic church.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:37am
  42. I dunno I tend to go for the gay side of Catholicism like the fashion, the art, the awesome candles and incense, closeted priests with the best sermons And hello, Jesus always has the greatest bod…Honestly if they wouldn’t say homosexual activities were unnecessary and immoral, I might not have been interested in exploring my inner cunty queen in the first place. :D

    Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 8:27am