Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday night--as first reported by the Washington Post--that he "thinks" the Catholic Church will join him in endorsing same-sex marriage.
The Catholic Church, however, teaches that marriage is the indissoluble union of one man and one woman as taught by Jesus Christ Himself and that homosexual acts violate the natural law and that there are "no circumstances" under which they can be approved.
“My support for marriage equality--my full complete, unconditional support for marriage equality--is at odds with the current doctrine of the church that I still attend,” Kaine, who attends a Catholic church, said at the Human Rights Campaign National Dinner held in Washington, D.C. The full video of his speech is available on YouTube.
“But I think that’s going to change, too,” Kaine said. “I think that is going to change, too.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered" and contrary to the natural law and that: “Under no circumstances can they be approved.” The Catholic Church also teaches that marriage is the permanent union of one man and one woman as taught by Jesus Christ.
Matthew 19: 3-6 says the following:
“Some Pharisees approached Him, and tested Him, saying, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?’ He said in reply, ‘Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator “made them male and female” and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.’”
The Catholic Catechism says of marriage:
“’God himself is the author of marriage.’ The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. …
“In his preaching Jesus unequivocally taught the original meaning of the union of man and woman as the Creator willed it from the beginning permission given by Moses to divorce one's wife was a concession to the hardness of hearts. The matrimonial union of man and woman is indissoluble: God himself has determined it ‘what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder.’”
The Catholic Catechism says of homosexual acts:
“Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”
In his speech at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, as posted on YouTube, Sen. Kaine said the following:
“I was proud to join my Senate colleagues in an amicus brief in the Supreme Court supporting full marriage equality. And how happy I was, how happy I was on the day that the court declared yet again that equal is equal just as love is love. How happy I was because sometimes in life you don’t get a chance to finish the unfinished business, but I have been given an opportunity to do it.
"And, you know, like many people of faith, including maybe many in this room, my support for marriage equality now--my full complete, unconditional support for marriage equality--is at odds with the current doctrine of the church that I still attend. But I think that’s going to change, too. I think that is going to change, too. And I think it’s going to change because my church also teaches me about a Creator, in the first chapter of Genesis, who surveys the entire world, including mankind, and says: It is very good. It is very good."