NY Archbishop Timothy Dolan: After Marriage Equality, Polygamy Is Next
For all intents and purposes, the New York marriage equality debate is over, but Archbishop Timothy
And now we ring the steeple bell again at this latest dilution of the authentic understanding of marriage, worried that the next step will be another redefinition to justify multiple partners and infidelity. If you think I’m exaggerating, within days of the passage of this bill, one major newspaper ran a flattering profile of a proponent of what was called “nonmonogamy.”Apparently, “nonmonogamy” is the idea that society is unrealistic to think that one man and one woman should remain faithful in marriage, and that openness to some infidelity should be the norm!
The important distinction between Dolan’s claim and Savage’s argument is that Savage is not advocating for either “multiple partners” or “infidelity.” Infidelity implies unfaithfulness, whereas Savage advocates for relationships to consider being open, but still built upon trust and commitment. Dolan’s attempt to add to the“slippery slope” fear-baiting is weak, but demonstrates that the leadership in the Catholic Church has no intention of ending its condemnation of same-sex couples, even after they’ve lost the fight against marriage equality.