It Is Not Marriage Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and wellbeing of the spouses.
They propose the union between two men or two women. This denies the self-evident biological, physiological, and psychological differences between men and women which find their complementarity in marriage. It also denies the specific primary purpose of marriage: Two entirely different things cannot be considered the same thing.
It Violates Natural Law Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It is a relationship rooted in human nature and thus governed by natural law. Any situation which institutionalizes the circumvention of the purpose of the sexual act violates natural law and the objective norm of morality.
Being rooted in human nature, natural law is universal and immutable. It applies to the entire human race, equally. It commands and forbids consistently, everywhere and always. Saint Paul taught in the Epistle to the Romans that the natural law is inscribed on the heart of every man.
This rule is confirmed by the evident difficulties faced by the many children who are orphans or are raised by a single parent, a relative, or a foster parent.
He will necessarily be raised by one party who has no blood relationship with him. He will always be deprived of either a mother or a father role model. Civil laws are structuring principles of man's life in society.
As such, they play a very important and sometimes decisive role in influencing patterns of thought and behavior. First of all, sexual behavior and race are essentially different realities. A man and a woman wanting to marry may be different in their characteristics: None of these differences are insurmountable obstacles to marriage.
The two individuals are still man and woman, and thus the requirements of nature are respected. Two individuals of the same sex, regardless of their race, wealth, stature, erudition or fame, will never be able to marry because of an insurmountable biological impossibility.
Secondly, inherited and unchangeable racial traits cannot be compared with non-genetic and changeable behavior. It Does Not Create a Family but a Naturally Sterile Union Traditional marriage is usually so fecund that those who would frustrate its end must do violence to nature to prevent the birth of children by using contraception.
It naturally tends to create families. The natural tendency of such a union is not to create families. Therefore, we cannot call a same-sex union marriage and give it the benefits of true marriage. This aids in perpetuating the nation and strengthening society, an evident interest of the State.
Its primary purpose, objectively speaking, is the personal gratification of two individuals whose union is sterile by nature. It is not entitled, therefore, to the protection the State extends to true marriage.
The State calls on public officials to officiate at the new civil ceremony, orders public schools to teach its acceptability to children, and punishes any state employee who expresses disapproval. In every situation where marriage affects society, the State will expect Christians and all people of good will to betray their consciences by condoning, through silence or act, an attack on the natural order and Christian morality. It Is the Cutting Edge of the Sexual Revolution In the s, society was pressured to accept all kinds of immoral sexual relationships between men and women.
It Offends God This is the most important reason. Whenever one violates the natural moral order established by God, one sins and offends God. Accordingly, anyone who professes to love God must be opposed to it.
Marriage is not the creature of any State. Rather, it was established by God in Paradise for our first parents, Adam and Eve. As we read in the Book of Genesis: God blessed them, saying: For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother; and shall cleave to his wife. Genesis also teaches how God punished Sodom and Gomorrah for the sin of homosexuality: He overthrew those cities and the whole Plain, together with the inhabitants of the cities and the produce of the soil.
We are not moved by personal hatred against any individual. In intellectually opposing individuals or organizations promoting the homosexual agenda, our only intent is the defense of traditional marriage, the family, and the precious remnants of Christian civilization.
As practicing Catholics, we are filled with compassion and pray for those who struggle against unrelenting and violent temptation to homosexual sin. We pray for those who fall into homosexual sin out of human weakness, that God may assist them with His grace. We are conscious of the enormous difference between these individuals who struggle with their weakness and strive to overcome it and others who transform their sin into a reason for pride and try to impose their lifestyle on society as a whole, in flagrant opposition to traditional Christian morality and natural law.
However, we pray for these too. We reject and condemn any violence. We simply exercise our liberty as children of God Rom. We oppose arguments with arguments.
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