Cardinal: Catholics ‘outmarketed’ on gay marriage

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New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. - PHOTO: Courtesy

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the Roman Catholic Church has been “outmarketed” on the issue of gay marriage and has been “caricatured as being anti-gay.”

Dolan discussed the church’s positions opposing same-sex marriage and abortion in an interview with NBC after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a marriage equality bill into law.

Asked whether the practice ultimately will be legal everywhere, Dolan said: “I think I’d be a Pollyanna to say that there doesn’t seem to be kind of a stampede to do this. I regret that.”

Dolan said the church supports “traditional marriage and is not “anti-anybody,” adding, “When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle.”

But he said the church will not give up on the gay marriage issue.

On another divisive issue, Dolan said the Catholic Church has long championed comprehensive health care, but he said U.S. Catholic bishops cannot support the sweeping new health care law known as the Affordable Care Act as long as it includes coverage for abortion.

He said the bishops started “bristling” at the legislation pushed by President Barack Obama because “it’s excluding the undocumented immigrant and it’s excluding the unborn baby.”