It’s Not Discrimination to Treat Different Things Differently

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Source of Picture: http://www.eglin.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123238706

(H/T: Courageous Priest)

From USCCB

Heads Of Military Archdiocese, Subcommittee For Promotion, Defense Of Marriage Object To Defense Department Same-Sex Domestic Partners Policy

February 15, 2013

Policy undermines marriage between one man, one woman
Violates Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Threatens conscience rights of military personnel

WASHINGTON— Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, voiced concern February 15 about a new Department of Defense (DOD) policy on “same-sex domestic partners” and about related comments made by President Obama in his State of the Union address.

Archbishop Broglio questioned how the department could set a policy that undermines the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and said the new policy could threaten conscience rights of members of the military. Forcing an officer “to violate his conscience would not be fair,” he said.

Archbishop Cordileone highlighted the policy’s potential effect on children.

“Children, who are our future, have a right to be raised by their mother and father together,” he said. “For the sake of our nation, and especially for the sake of our children, marriage should be promoted and protected at every opportunity, never undermined.”

The full response follows.

Today, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services USA, and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the bishops’ Subcommittee for The Promotion and Defense of marriage, responded with concern to a new Department of Defense Policy issued this week regarding “same-sex domestic partners” and to related comments made by President Obama in his State of the Union address.

The DOD policy allocates marriage-like benefits to persons in same-sex relationships. In an apparent reference to the new policy, President Obama said, “We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight.”

In response to the President’s remarks and the new policy, Archbishop Broglio said, “This new policy under the guise of ‘equal benefits’ undermines marriage as the union of one man and one woman because it treats two persons of the same sex as spouses. Can the Secretary of Defense establish a policy that undermines federal law as established by DOMA?” Noting the possible negative effects on religious liberty, Archbishop Broglio asked, “Could a JAG officer choose, out of religious or moral convictions, not to give legal advice on marital and family issues to same-sex ‘partners’ without being subject to discipline? Forcing the officer to violate his conscience would not be fair.”

Archbishop Cordileone also expressed concern over the new policy. “For one thing, it undermines the Defense of Marriage Act, which is the law of the land,” he said. He added: “There is no question that all service members should be treated equally, but it is not discrimination to treat different things differently. Only a man and a woman can bring children into the world, and so marriage, as the foundation of the family, by its very nature can only be between a man and a woman. In fact, by singling out two people of the same sex in a sexual relationship for special consideration, the policy excludes other possible types of relationships between two adults, thus treating the same thing differently. Actually, then, it is rather this policy that discriminates. More importantly, children, who are our future, have a right to be raised by their mother and father together. For the sake of our nation, and especially for the sake of our children, marriage should be promoted and protected at every opportunity, never undermined.”

The new Department of Defense policy memorandum was issued by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta earlier this week. The policy entitled “Extending Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Military Members” must be implemented by the military services no later than October 1, 2013. Under the new policy, all that is required for a “domestic partnership” is a committed relationship between two adults of the same sex who are not in a marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership with anyone else. In many respects, “same-sex domestic partners” of military members will be treated like spouses. For instance, the “partner” of the military member will be entitled to a dependent military ID card, legal assistance from the military, and base exchange and commissary privileges. If both “partners” are in the military, they would be eligible for a joint duty assignment – what was customarily referred to as a joint spouse assignment. President Obama made his remarks on Tuesday in his State of the Union address before a joint session of the United States Congress.

February 15, 2013

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16 Responses to It’s Not Discrimination to Treat Different Things Differently

  1. Despicable Dan the Bongo Man says:

    I chuckled to read of ‘the defence of the conscience rights of the military”. Tell that to Bradley Manning, jailed for over 1000 days for exercising his conscience.

  2. Toad says:

    “Children, who are our future, have a right to be raised by their mother and father together,”
    .And how many millions are being raised by a single parent? Not a good idea, to be sure, but reality. Children might have a “right” to a mother and father – like any orphan does – but that doesn’t necessarily make it happen.

    So the point is – which is less unacceptable; a single parent, or a gay couple? Depends, I suppose.

  3. Toad says:

    …And since when has “discrimination” been automatically assumed to be always undesirable?
    Is it discriminatory to regard Schubert as superior to Snoop Doggy Dog?
    (Musically, that is, not personally.)

    “If both “partners” are in the military, they would be eligible for a joint duty assignment – what was customarily referred to as a joint spouse assignment.”
    ..In other words, they can decide they’d like to be killed together. Toad thinks that’s rather sweet.

  4. Toad says:

    “It’s Not Discrimination to Treat Different Things Differently”

    Oh, really? Then can someone on CP&S tell me what “discrimination” actually is?

  5. johnhenrycn says:

    The only bad form of discrimination in the present context is that which favours/disfavours a particular person or group on the basis of circumstances over which they have no control; and even that form of discrimination is not always bad, which is why children with special needs receive preferences denied to your run-of-the-mill children. As to whether homosexuals are dealing with a condition over which they have no control, I’m so tired talking about it. Suffice it to say that any mentally competent adult is able to repress his or her sexual urges, to a greater or lesser extent depending one’s age, discipline, maturity, legal environment, taboos and so forth, and that holds true whatever his or her preferences happen to be. I was a virgin (technically at least ;) when I married at age 24, and I’m no paragon of virtue and control, let me tell you.

  6. Toad says:

    “As to whether homosexuals are dealing with a condition over which they have no control, I’m so tired talking about it.”

    Couldn’t agree MORE, JH, Toad likewise. Too trivial for words.
    But they will keep regurgitating the dreary and sordid business over and over – like here.

    Though it’s unlikely – unfortunate some might say – that we’ll hear a whole lot more on this topic from Cardinal O’Brien.
    Which is a great pity, as it’s entirely possible he might have offered a unique and informed perspective on it.

    (There you are,Golden. The horrid old Toad you have come to expect.).

  7. kathleen says:

    Fantastic comment JH, so honest and human! You’re my type of guy. ;-)

    Dear Toad, you might be interested to hear that your chum Kathleen is in the process of preparing a post on Cardinal O’Brien………. treating the bombshell news from another angle…… Coming soon. :-)

  8. Toad says:

    Not a moment too soon, either, Kathleen, if Toad may say so.
    A matter of some import.
    Though we do seem to have missed the last thirteenth editions, since Feb. 25th, with the bombshell news.
    Not so good. Even The Telegraph has done a bit better.

    The other “angle,” that you promise will be interesting.
    Not thinking of putting a “spin” on it are we?
    In typical Loony Media style, as Golden will have it?
    Toad is confident that will not be the case.
    And is agog.

    However, maybe, as with the disturbingly significant numer of pedophile priest cases, the best idea is to downplay the whole business: “Over the centuries, only the merest handful of British Cardinals have resigned after admitting homosexual impropriety, etc.”
    Might work.

  9. Toad says:

    Toad, like all of us, is brooding on the impending election.

    And he wonders: Does God The Holy Ghost select the Pope, via the protracted process, or is it really a lot of fallible old men (like Toad, in that respect) who wrangle and bicker until a decision is arrived at – and which might ultimately turn out to be a disaster?
    Would God allow that?
    There seems an unspoken fear around in certain quarters that He just might.
    Let’s all pray very hard that the right man is selected, and not some loony liberal dingbat” etc.
    A certain lack of confidence here?

    If so, then Toad’s apparently frivolous suggestion that the job be made a simple lottery, with the names on billard balls into a mitre (a very big one, to be sure; Cardinal Dolan’s possibly?) is surely the best way of ensuring the right result?

    Chuck ‘em all in, let God pull the winner out?
    Much quicker, too.

  10. golden chersonnese says:

    What about divining the entrails of a sacrificed chicken, Toad? Or, similarly, contract an IT whiz to put together some clever pope-picking software ? Or Dame Edna probably has a purple-pontiff-pointer?

  11. Toad says:

    It would appear you are not treating this earth-shattering event with a commesurate degree of gravitas, and dignity, Golden.
    Fie!
    (It is not our practice to go poking around in the entrails of our chickens when they go to The Great Coop In The Sky. We bury them decently entire, like the Christians they are, after a small and respectful ceremony.)

  12. golden chersonnese says:

    Oh very well then, Toad. I suppose your idea of the lottery would be a lot faster.

  13. Toad says:

    Will the first duty of the next Pope be to ensure he’ll be provided with a decent pension plan? Inflation-proof, of course.

  14. Toad says:

    Do we think it’s an integral part of Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, duties to bless America’s drones?

    “Forcing an officer “to violate his conscience would not be fair,” (Timothy P.) said.” Quite.

  15. srdc says:

    And how many millions are being raised by a single parent? Not a good idea, to be sure, but reality. Children might have a “right” to a mother and father – like any orphan does – but that doesn’t necessarily make it happen.”

    Heterosexuals, may not be great parents, but this does not mean that we go out of our way to deny a child a mother and a father, biological or otherwise.

    A single mother is not replacing the father with another woman or vice versa.

  16. toad says:

    “Heterosexuals, may not be great parents, but this does not mean that we go out of our way to deny a child a mother and a father, biological or otherwise.”

    Is anyone, anywhere, on planet Earth, suggesting for a moment that we should “go out of our way” to do such a deplorable thing, Srdc?
    And I, for one, see no reason why “heterosexuals” should not be just as good parents as gays, even great, at times. Probably..

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