On that gay marriage thing…

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Bill Donohue believes he’s caught Joe Biden in a logical contradiction. As the press release from the Catholic League intones:

On today’s episode of “Ellen,” Joe Biden told Ellen DeGeneres “that if I lived in California, I would vote against Proposition 8.” This initiative reads, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Yet in his debate with Sarah Palin on October 2, Biden said that “Barack Obama nor I support redefining from a civil side what constitutes marriage.”
Catholic League president Bill Donohue weighed in on this today:
“Proposition 8 is a civil initiative that would secure marriage as an institution that is exclusively between a man and a woman, and Joe Biden told Ellen DeGeneres that he is opposed to that measure. In other words, Biden did not tell the truth in his debate with Sarah Palin. He cannot logically be opposed to both gay marriage and Proposition 8, but that is exactly what he is trying to get away with. More important, Biden is openly defying both the pope and the bishops.

But wait just a minute. California’s current definition of marriage is a state of matrimony between any two adults. And Biden’s statement on “Ellen” was logically consistent after all: He wouldn’t vote yes on Prop. 8 because that would redefine from a civil side what constitutes marriage in the Golden State.
Too cute? Of course. Let Biden clarify. And what about those pesky Catholic hierarchs? Before they go after his hypothetical Prop. 8 vote, maybe they first should excommunicate half the Massachusetts legislature–all those Catholic elected officials who a couple of years ago actually voted in favor of keeping gay marriage on the books of the Commonwealth. Meanwhile, when are the hierarchs of the Internal Revenue Service going to recognize Donohue’s partisanship politicking for what it is and lift the Catholic League’s 501 (c) 3 tax deduction?

  • GV

    The article is based on a logical fallacy. Of course, it is possible to be against same sex marriage and also against prop. 8.
    Look at any parallel example. Do I support Catholicism? No.
    Would I vote in favor of changing the constitution to deny catholics the rights I have NO!
    Biden may believe that marriage is a commitment for life as he has made to his wife. But that does not automatically mean that he would vote to change the constitution(!} to take away John McCain`s right to be divorced from Carol McCain? Likely not.
    TYhe Constitution should only be there to guarantee rights to citizens and NEVER to restrict rights and freedoms.
    Anyone who truly believes in a free society and justice for all would vote NO on this disgusting proposition.