Monday, May 3, 2010

What is Marriage?

Marriage, as defined by the Catholic Church:
1601 "The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."
When marriage is no longer a life-long monogamous relationship between one woman and one man - for the good of themselves, their offspring, and society - it is then a social contract between two parties. The foundation is quickly being washed out from under our society and we are now told you can make marriage into whatever you want it to be.

This is dangerous and I don't think we can understate the social impact it is having.

Here are some of the obvious results from the continuing erosion of marriage:
  • Religious liberty is threatened. For instance, in 2004, any Justice of the Peace in Mass who refused to perform same-sex marriages was fired. Also, churches may lose tax-exempt status. One other example - forcing religious groups to extend benefits to same-sex couples.
  • Children suffer. Studies show that children are best raised in a two-parent (mother + father) home. If we are to help kids, we should strengthen marriages - not attack them.
  • It is a social experiment gone wrong. The negatives far outweigh any positives.
  • The only reason for the government to be involved in marriage, in the first place, is for the benefit of children. Since they are the future of society, it benefits society to have the government help support relationships that bring children into the world. Therefore, there is no good reason for the government to further same-sex "marriages".
  • It is not "discrimination". Everyone is free to marry someone else of the opposite sex. Nobody is free to marry someone of the same sex. This isn't discrimination - the same rules apply to all.
Take the evidence above, and more, and we find that there is no good reason to allow for same-sex marriages. We have already started sliding down the slippery slope, yet there is time to stop the advances against traditional marriage. If we continue to slide down the slope, it opens up the continuing re-definition of marriage to whatever you want it to be.

Want to marry your cat? Why not?

You might be interested in reading more at:
-What is Wrong with Homosexual Marriage?
-Catholic Answers.

3 comments:

Gert said...

From Lincoln:
In discussing the question, he used to liken the case to that of the boy who, when asked how many legs his calf would have if he called its tail a leg, replied, ” Five,” to which the prompt response was made that calling the tail a leg would not make it a leg.

John said...

Amen.

lectorpoemarum said...

The only reason for the government to be involved in marriage, in the first place, is for the benefit of children.

Exactly. But for some reason people don't seem to realize this...

It's not just same-sex marriage; the whole attitude toward marriage (50% divorces, etc.) is problematic.