Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin, who led a high-profile, albeit failed, campaign to defeat same-sex marriage legislation in Rhode Island in 2013, today blasted the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
In a statement, the Rev. Tobin said, ``a thousand courts may rule otherwise but the very notion of ``same sex marriage’’ is morally wrong and a blatant rejection of God’s plan for the human family.’’
He went on to quote Pope Francis, saying, `` As Pope Francis taught while serving as archbishop in Argentina, `Same-sex marriage is not simply a political struggle, but it is an attempt to destroy God’s plan. It is a move of the father of lies who seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.’
``Despite the current trends of our society, or perhaps because of them, the church must redouble its commitment to proclaim and defend authentic concepts of marriage and family as we have received them from God,’’ said Tobin. ``We will always do so, however, in a respectful, charitable and constructive manner.’’