.- Two Catholic legislators from Massachusetts sought to justify their support for same-sex marriage last week by citing their religious convictions. Representative Marie P. St. Fleur said Feb. 10 that her conclusion was âcoming from a place of faith,â and Senator Marian Walsh said her âfaithâ gave her the âclarityâ she needed to make this decision. âThese two Massachusetts lawmakers are free to come to any conclusion they want on the issue of gay marriage, but they look rather foolish seeking support for their position by citing their fidelity to Catholicism,â said Catholic League president William Donohue. âThere is nothing in Catholic teaching that lends credence to their belief. It would have been more honest to simply say they reject the teachings of the Catholic Church.â
The Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry, a liberal group of mainline Protestants and Jews who reject biblical teachings on marriage, the family and sexuality, honored both politicians at a ceremony Feb. 10.