While the debate over marriage equality is largely philosophical, rooted in deeply held personal beliefs, there is a substantive policy discussion that is often overlooked and worth exploring: religious liberty protections in marriage equality legislation.
The denial of the "title" of marriage serves only one purpose -- to denigrate and diminish the dignity of the same-sex or interracial or interfaith or Catholic or African-American unions. It is a mean-spirited and cruel insult to the loving commitments made by such couples.
Cardinal George clearly fears that same-sex marriage will erode the very civic, democratic customs that support a just society. But when they make use of their bully pulpits, religious leaders must choose carefully.