The legislative battle over the re-definition of marriage is nearing a climax, as the end to the regular legislative session in Albany on June 20 approaches.
As this latest deadline draws near, the offensive against religious opponents to the bill has ramped up. In recent weeks, State Senator Ruben Diaz of the Bronx — a Protestant clergyman who has been heroic on this issue, as well as in the defense of human life — has been the object of ugly, disgusting attacks that are so vile that I will not reproduce them here.
Everyone can understand that emotions run high in debates of this kind. But it is very, very disturbing for religious leaders to be the target of these virulent and depraved kinds of abuse. We have constantly been urging and instructing our advocates to shun any kind of negativity in their opposition to the “Marriage Equality Act”. I wonder if any of the proponents have been doing the same.
What’s most disturbing to me is that this nasty, vindictive attitude on the part of advocates for same-sex “marriage” bodes very ill for our religious liberties if the “Marriage Equality Act” is passed. These threats are very real, as we have discussed before on this blog, and as is outlined in a new article in Catholic New York.
If this is the kind of nasty intolerance we are seeing now, before the bill is even passed, what does the future hold?