Tim Kaine says that the Catholic Church will change it's position on Gay Marriage.
- Kaine's comments came during his keynote address at the national dinner for Human Rights Campaign (LGBT advocacy group, in Washington, D.C.)
- The president of the organization states that Kaine will help ensure another four years of unprecedented progress for LGBTQ.
- September of 2015 Kaine voted against bringing a 20-week abortion ban to a vote on the Senate floor.
(Washington D.C.) Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, said on Saturday that he thinks a change in the Catholic Church Doctrine is impending. Kaine was specifically referring to a change in the opposition to same-sex marriage.
“I think it's going to change because my church also teaches me about a creator who, in the first chapter of Genesis, surveyed the entire world, including mankind, and said, 'It is very good',”
His comments came during his keynote address at the national dinner for Human Rights Campaign, an influential LGBT advocacy group, in Washington, D.C.
Kaine cited Pope Francis' “who am I to judge” statement back in 2013, and then said: “I want to add: Who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family? I think we're supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it.” (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-usa-gaymarriage-idUSKCN0RS2CD20150928)
When Human Rights Campaign announced Kaine would be delivering the keynote at their national dinner, the group's president stated in an interview with the Catholic News Agency:
“As part of the most pro-equality presidential ticket in American history, Tim Kaine will help ensure another four years of unprecedented progress for LGBTQ equality in this country and around the world.”
During the same speech Kaine supported the statement by The Human Rights Campaign president saying,
"A Clinton, Kaine administration would push for the passage of the Federal Equality Act to ensure that all of the non discrimination provisions in law, not one or the other, but every last one of them applies to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation".
Kaine is a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in the Diocese of Richmond. He has been quoted saying that he is “personally opposed” to abortion, but the Planned Parenthood Action Fund has publicly shown strong support for him in 2016. He has reportedly also gained a perfect rating in 2015 from Pro-Choice America.
According to the Catholic News Agency more recently, it was reported that he privately told Hillary Clinton he would support overturning the Hyde Amendment, a 40 year-old policy that prevents federal dollars from directly funding most abortions and Kaine voted against bringing a 20-week abortion ban to a vote on the Senate floor.
Catholic News Agency also reported that as Governor of Virginia, Kaine also personally opposed the death penalty, but his term saw 11 executions with only one commuted death sentence.
Article originally published by http://www.catholicnewsagency.com