In the wake of the approval on election day of three referenda in the US approving same-sex marriage and the defeat of one measure that would have banned it, and with Spain upholding its same-sex marriage law and France and the UK poised to introduce legislation to do the same, the pope has dug in his Prada heels and vowed to never stop insisting that marriage is only between a man and a woman, with a Vatican spokesman arguing, “If not, then why not contemplate freely chosen polygamy, and naturally so as to not discriminate, polyandry?”
I liked that touch of including polyandry to to avoid discriminating against women. The Vatican, notorious for its relegation of women to lower status, discovers gender equality only when it needs it as a weapon against homosexuality. If they had included bestiality as another potential consequence of allowing same-sex marriage, then they would have gone the full Santorum.
This defiant attitude does not surprise me. If the Catholic church can lay claim to one quality it is its doggedness determination in holding on to beliefs long after the rest of the world has accepted them. It apologized only in 1992 for its treatment of Galileo in 1616 for supporting a heliocentric universe (a wait of 376 years) and it accepted the theory of evolution (with limitations) only in 1996, a lapse of 137 years after Charles Darwin’s publication of On the Origin of Species.
So we can expect the Catholic church to accept same-sex marriage somewhere around the year 2150, by which time it may well be just a small sect.