Sen. Chris Dodd Becomes Latest Democrat to Sell Out on ‘Gay Marriage’

chris_dodd_small.jpg Full Convert to Immorality: Chris Dodd (D-CT) joins Al Gore and other Democrats who have embraced “same-sex marriage” despite the judgment of their own religion that homosexual acts are immoral and disordered. Dodd, a Catholic, is also strongly in favor of abortion-on-demand and received a 100 percent ranking from NARAL.

By Peter LaBarbera

I just saw this on homosexual activist Joe Jervis’ blog: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) becomes the latest liberal Democrat to sell out his purported religious faith (Dodd is Catholic) to embrace the revolutionary, oxymoronic concept of homosexual “marriage.” More proof that the jump between “civil unions” and “gay marriage” is far shorter than the chasm between government recognition and non-recognition of immoral homosexual relationships. What motivates Dodd? It appears that it mostly comes down to the “principle of fairness” — a principle that seems to elude pro-homosexual advocates when faced with the quest of multiple-partner “truples” or “quadruples” (or whatever) to “marry.” (If marriage is gender-neutral and just about “love,” then why not allow “committed” polygamous “marriages”?)

All practical objections to “same-sex marriage” aside, Dodd’s announcement — coincidentally timed with his plummeting political fortunes in Connecticut, now a “gay marriage” state” — is a troubling omen for America’s post-Christian future (assuming we continue to abandon our Creator). The erosion of religious faith is probably the biggest contributor to our nation’s steep moral decline — and politicians and celebrities who cavalierly discard the guidance of their faith on pivotal moral issues like the sanctity of marriage and the protection of unborn life play a leading role in breeding cynicism toward Christianity, doctrinal truth and morality in general.

The Democrats have made their deal with the devil on two of the most important moral issues of our time: homosexuality/defense-of-marriage and abortion-on-demand (“Catholic” Dodd scores a 100% with NARAL on abortion). Is America too far gone to punish them electorally for it, or do the Democrats in some tragic way represent the future of this once-great nation — a future guided not by transcendent, absolute truth but by subjective, politically correct shibboleths covered by a religious veneer? And how will the Republicans respond to the Democrats’ “gay” gambit — by moving toward neutrality or even the embrace of homosexual “civil unions,” or by returning to an unapologetic defense of Biblical (Judeo-Christian) morality?

Who knows, but I’d have more respect for Dodd if he had paired his announcement on “gay marriage” with one acknowledging that he has completely abandoned the moral guidance of his lifelong religion, Roman Catholicism, on life and marriage.

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Here’s Sen. Dodd’s explanation from his official website:

On Sunday, The Meriden Record-Journal published the following op-ed by Senator Chris Dodd:L

June 21, 2009

Public officials aren’t supposed to change their minds. But I firmly believe that it’s important to keep learning. Last week, while I was in Connecticut meeting with members of the gay and lesbian community from across the state, I had the opportunity to tell them what I’ve learned about marriage, and about equality.

While I’ve long been for extending every benefit of marriage to same-sex couples, I have in the past drawn a distinction between a marriage-like status (“civil unions”) and full marriage rights.

The reason was simple: I was raised to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. And as many other Americans have realized as they’ve struggled to reconcile the principle of fairness with the lessons they learned early in life, that’s not an easy thing to overcome.

But the fact that I was raised a certain way just isn’t a good enough reason to stand in the way of fairness anymore.

The Connecticut Supreme Court, of course, has ruled that such a distinction holds no merit under the law. And the Court is right.

I believe that effective leaders must be able and willing to grow and change over their service. I certainly have during mine – and so has the world. Thirty-five years ago, who could have imagined that we’d have an African-American President of the United States?

My young daughters are growing up in a different reality than I did. Our family knows many same-sex couples – our neighbors in Connecticut, members of my staff, parents of their schoolmates. Some are now married because the Connecticut Supreme Court and our state legislature have made same-sex marriage legal in our state.

But to my daughters, these couples are married simply because they love each other and want to build a life together. That’s what we’ve taught them. The things that make those families different from their own pale in comparison to the commitments that bind those couples together.

And, really, that’s what marriage should be. It’s about rights and responsibilities and, most of all, love.

I believe that, when my daughters grow up, barriers to marriage equality for same-sex couples will seem as archaic, and as unfair, as the laws we once had against inter-racial marriage.

And I want them to know that, even if he was a little late, their dad came down on the right side of history.

I have always been proud of my long record fighting for the civil rights of the LGBT community. I’ve co-sponsored legislation to strengthen hate crime laws and end discrimination in the workplace. I’ve spoken out against “don’t ask, don’t tell” and always supported equal rights for domestic partnerships.

But I am also proud to now count myself among the many elected officials, advocates, and ordinary citizens who support full marriage equality for same-sex couples.

I understand that even those who oppose discrimination might continue to find it hard to re-think the definition of marriage they grew up with. I know it was for me.

But many of the things we must do to make our union more perfect – whether it’s fighting for decades to reform our health care system or struggling with a difficult moral question – are hard. They take time. And they require that, when you come to realize that something is right, you be unafraid to stand up and say it.

That’s the only way our history will progress along that long arc towards justice.

This article was posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm and is filed under "Civil Unions" & "Gay Marriage", "Civil Unions" & "Gay Marriage", A - What does the Bible say about homosexuality?, Biblical Truth, Candidates & Elected Officials, Democrat Party, News, The Bible, Churches, & Homosexuality. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.

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