Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Same-Sex "Marriage"?

This week, Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex "marriage." Marriage concerns all of society - not the just the two people being married - and so all of us have a legitimate cause for concern. Society is founded on the family, which in turn is founded on marriage. Marriage was established for the procreation and education of children, first and foremost. Marriage, in an extremely important way, contributes to the common good of society. From a legal standpoint, same-sex "marriages" do not contribute to the common good of society, and therefore should not receive special benefits from the state. It is shown in many studies there are incredible advantages for children who are raised in families with a mother and father. It is wrong, therefore, for the state to confer the "right" of marriage upon two people of the same sex.

For more information: "Homosexuality and the Catholic Church." by Fr. John Harvey, O.S.F.S


Anonymous said...

I really liked your article. We need to do more to promote the beauty and sanctity of marriage. --Thom

Alicia Baehr said...

Thanks, Thom!

patrick said...

I am confused about the "common good" of society.
How do we humans know what the common good is?
If someone had a way of proving that abortion, though not benefiting everyone, still in the long run increased the common good, would this make abortion okay?
In the same way, is it okay to trample on someone's God-given right to free will (even if it may be used to do something wrong) so that in the long run in benefits the common good?
We want mothers faced with difficult pregnancies to be better off, though not at the expense of their children's right to life. So we acknowledge that God-given rights are the bedrock of justice. How then is it okay to squash another person's God-given right to sin?
My marriage isn't affected by gay marriage, in the same way that my marriage isn't affected by abusive marriages or marriages leading to divorce or pretend marriages between little kids in a playground. The sanctity of my marriage is only affected by the choices that I make, not the choices of others outside of it. If it is affected by the choices of others, then there was nothing true about it in the first place.