Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis George on Sunday turned an event intended to celebrate the 50-year anniversaries of more than 400 couples’ marriages into another opportunity to express his opposition to same-sex marriage.
During the Holy Name Cathedral mass, Cardinal George stated that the institution marriage “comes from God,” not the state or the church, CBS Chicago reports.
“There must surely be ways in our civil society, where we can honor friendships, where we can respect other people, without destroying the nature of marriage,” George continued, in a vague reference to same-sex relationships. “It is very important, for your whole lives, give witness to what marriage truly means. And while civil laws might change – if they do – then society will be the worse for it.”
John Becker, of LGBT advocacy group Truth Wins Out, described the cardinal’s statement as “a slap in the face to married same-sex couples, couples living in states like Illinois that forbid them from marrying, and even the married straight couples in attendance at that Mass, many of whom surely felt that the cardinal hijacked their happy moment by delivering these divisive remarks.”