February 27th, 2014
11:25 AM ET

Catholic: 'We're Being Besieged'

Opponents of Arizona's so called religious freedom bill have reason to celebrate. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the measure that would have allowed businesses to close their doors to gays and lesbians out of religious conviction.

On the same day, Texas became the latest state to have a federal judge strike down its same-sex marriage ban, thanks to a sweeping decision holding that its current prohibition has no "legitimate governmental purpose."

Do these and other victories for the rights of the LGBT community put those against them on the wrong side of history?

Bill Donohue, president of Catholic League, defended his opinion that Arizona's decision on its anti-gay bill is bad for religious freedom on "New Day" Thursday.

Donohue mentioned the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act as an example where he feels "besieged."

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court rejected parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in a 5-4 decision, dismissing an appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds and ruling same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits.

It also ruled that private parties do not have "standing" to defend California's voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbians couples from state-sanctioned wedlock. The ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California to resume.

"We have religious rights and we have a collision course here with gay rights. We need to protect both. It's not an easy, delicate balance. I'm can grant you that. But my rights and freedom of religion are in the first amendment to the United States constitution. Since when should they take a back seat."


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  1. marco

    it's not hurting your religious freedom. it's allowing ACTUAL freedom of any two adults who are committed to each other and want to share in the rights and responsibilities of marriage to do so. It doesn't harm your or any catholics in any way at all.

    March 10, 2014 at 8:50 am | Reply
  2. Marc

    The first amendment allows us all the freedom to believe and practice the religion of our choice, it does not, however, allow said freedom only if you agree with A or B. Freedom is a two-way street; to be truly free, you have to allow your neighbors to believe as they choose if you want to continue doing the same. The moment we allow one "moral" voice to dictate the laws of this land, is the day we lose our rights to freedom.

    March 3, 2014 at 9:50 am | Reply
  3. whyadamlanzadidit

    The Catholic strategy is to play victim, despite hiding the largest child rape cult in US history.

    Meanwhile, they are this countries largest organized child rape crime syndicate, hiding and moving thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of child rapists until they got caught in 2002. They raped over 15,000 children in the US that we know about, and every child raping priest admitted it to another in confession.

    Catholics consider pedophilia a "disability", and pay off their known pedophiles for life, as you can see in the exposed case of Rev. Gil Gustafson this week, reported by the Minnesota Star Tribune.

    Yet Catholics can convince their brainwashed followers that if they can't tell other people what to do, they are victims.

    March 1, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply

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