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N.Y. Archbishop Compares Marriage Equality to Incest

N.Y. Archbishop Compares Marriage Equality to Incest


The comparison was made during a national 60 Minutes interview.

Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan appeared on 60 Minutes Overtime, where he said that same-sex couples are no more entitled to marry each other than he is entitled to marry his mother.

The former Milwaukee archbishop explained the Catholic Church's opposition to marriage equality to Morley Safer with a baseball analogy.

"I have a strong desire to play shortstop for the Yankees," he said. "I don't have a right to, because I don't have what it takes. And that would be what the church would say about marriage. We would say marriage by nature, marriage by definition is between a man and woman for life, giving children. Don't tamper with the definition."

Pressed by Safer to explain how exactly marriage equality would harm heterosexual marriages, Dolan responded, "Because where then would the tampering stop?"

"I mean, I love my mom," said Dolan. "I don't have the right to marry her, OK? There are certain rights and attractions in life that are very beautiful and noble but don't entitle you to marriage."

As leader of the powerful archdiocese of New York, Dolan is a key voice of opposition to the effort to pass a marriage equality bill in the state this year. He also discussed priestly celibacy with Safer and explained why the church believes women cannot be priests.

Watch excerpts from the interview.

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