Anti-gay marriage activist Mary Ann Glendon may be getting a new gig.
President Bush nominated the former Harvard professor to be America’s ambassador to the Vatican. The 69-year old pro-lifer previously worked with the Vatican when Pope John Paul II appointed her to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which helps the Vatican formulate its social and cultural policies. Those policies, of course, aren’t terribly progressive or gay friendly.
Glendon’s most recently been using her time to help Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Upon hearing of the nomination, which must be approved by the Senate, Romney lamented his campaign’s loss, but celebrated Glendon’s “values”:
She will serve our country with the honor and dignity we expect from those who represent our country’s values abroad. While I may have lost her trusted counsel to our campaign, our country has gained an extremely gifted ambassador.
As for representing our country’s values, here’s what Glendon had to say about an anti-gay marriage amendment:
President Bush’s endorsement of a constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage should be welcomed by all Americans who are concerned about equality and preserving democratic decision-making.
What same-sex marriage advocates have tried to present as a civil rights issue is really a bid for special preferences of the type our society gives to married couples for the very good reason that most of them are raising or have raised children.
It would be tragic if, just when the country is beginning to take stock of the havoc those erroneous ideas have already wrought in the lives of American children, we should now freeze them into constitutional law.
Those don’t sound like American values. Those are clearly demented, discriminatory, short-sighted conservative ideas.
Perfect for the Vatican!