Speaking to the nation's leading homosexual rights lobbying group, the Human Rights Campaign, Obama said:
You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.
As Deacon Keith Fournier reports and comments, "The leading voice for this Cultural Revolution is now President Barack Obama."
The question becomes whether or not the leadership of the Catholic Church, both bishops and laity, are going to respond vigorously and loudly to Obama's direct challenge to one of its non-negotiable teachings.
How can the USCCB remain silent when the President of the United States said he wants Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?
I support ensuring that committed gay couples have the same rights and responsibilities afforded to any married couple in this country. I believe strongly in stopping laws designed to take rights away and passing laws that extend equal rights to gay couples.
I've required all agencies in the federal government to extend as many federal benefits as possible to LCBT families as the current law allows. And I've called on Congress to repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and to pass the Domestic Partners Benefits and Obligations Act. And we must all stand together against divisive and deceptive efforts to feed people's lingering fears for political and ideological gain.
The "so-called" Defense of Marriage Act? That "so-called" is the sound of contempt toward the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim understanding of marriage. As Deacon Fournier commented, "We now stand in a precarious place in the nation we love."
Cardinal George recently said of Obama, "Some of his policies, we think, are simply wrong," and adds, "What must be done is to criticize the politics of the government." I have yet to hear the bishops take up this latest attack on core Catholic belief, but I assume some sort of response is forthcoming.
At some point in the near future, one individual bishop after another will begin to speak out on the "Cultural Revolution" being lead by Obama, and more and more this nation's Catholics will recognize the imminent and unprecedented danger of the Obama administration.
The bishops' desire for health care and immigration reform will then no longer moderate their public criticism of Obama's aggressive efforts to redefine marriage and make abortion a federal entitlement.
Perhaps the upcoming bishop's pastoral on marriage -- still a month away -- will provide an opportunity for more pointed comment on Obama's threat to the Defense of Marriage Act.