WASHINGTON, May 11, 2012 ( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has again placed her Catholic religion in the midst of her politics, this time saying that her faith is the reason for her support for redefining marriage.

A reporter asked the former Speaker on Thursday to explain her support for gay “marriage” while still professing the Catholic faith.

“My religion has, compels me – and I love it for it – to be against discrimination of any kind in our country, and I consider this a form of discrimination. I think it’s unconstitutional on top of that,” she answered. Pelosi went on to praise President Obama for declaring support for the new marriage definition on Wednesday.


“So I think that yesterday was a great day for America because the president in a very personal, as well as presidential way, made history, and hopefully this will bring people together on the issue,” Pelosi said.

In announcing his support for same-sex “marriage,” President Obama had also invoked his Christian faith, saying that his support is based upon Jesus and the “Golden Rule.”

In 2004 Obama had cited his Christian faith as the reason he opposed redefining marriage. I’m a Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman,” Obama had said at that time.

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Pelosi has previously used her Catholic faith to justify strongly supporting legalized abortion, and even for the HHS mandate forcing religious groups to pay for birth control, which is being vigorously opposed by Catholic bishops and faithful across the country.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, had called Obama’s “evolution” on the marriage question this week “deeply saddening” and reaffirmed Catholic Church teaching that such social engineering is bound to harm both society and especially its most vulnerable members: children.

“The Catholic Bishops stand ready to affirm every positive measure taken by the President and the Administration to strengthen marriage and the family. However, we cannot be silent in the face of words or actions that would undermine the institution of marriage, the very cornerstone of our society. The people of this country, especially our children, deserve better,” said Dolan in a statement.