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By Kathleen Gilbert

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2009 ( – U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), a Roman Catholic, on Sunday declared he had changed his position on same-sex “marriage,” and now calls law defining marriage between a man and a woman “archaic” and “unfair.”  

“To my daughters, these couples are married simply because they love each other and want to build a life together,” wrote Dodd on his Senate Web site. “That's what we've taught them. The things that make those families different from their own pale in comparison to the commitments that bind those couples together.

“And, really, that's what marriage should be. It's about rights and responsibilities and, most of all, love.”

Dodd said he believed that laws defining marriage as solely between a man and a woman will soon “seem as archaic, and as unfair, as the laws we once had against inter-racial marriage.”

Dodd, who has a 100% NARAL pro-abortion rating, has drawn criticism for remaining active in the Catholic Church despite holding positions contradictory with fundamental Catholic teaching.

In response to Dodd's support for homosexual “marriage,” Judie Brown of the American Life League renewed calls for bishops to take actions to remonstrate the senator, including the denial of Communion.

“I don't understand why these men can get away with this sort of frontal attack on the teachings of the Church and continue to receive Communion,” Brown remarked to today. “It's just an abomination.”

Earlier this month, Long Island Bishop William Murphy issued a strong rebuke against Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi after the Catholic politician said he had decided to support same-sex “marriage.”  

“No Catholic is free to ignore or disregard this teaching,” wrote the bishop, referring to the true definition of marriage. “It is normative in the formation of the conscience of every Catholic who seeks to be faithful to the Lord and qualify as a 'practicing Catholic.'

“In saying this, I am not singling out Mr. Suozzi. I am speaking to all Catholics in our diocese and beyond, reminding them that what we bishops teach is not 'another opinion' among many that Catholics may choose or not choose.  

“Instead, such truths are 'non-negotiable,' binding on all of us who claim to be 'practicing Catholics.'”

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