Gay people as people in America are part of our mainstream. As individuals, they tend to be very successful. They have all the rights of heterosexuals, including marriage…..if they choose to marry someone of the opposite sex.
However, many of them argue that they want a marriage based on love just like heterosexuals can have. Since they can only love and have sex with those of the same gender, they want to legally be able to marry someone of the same gender. They want to be accepted in marriage just as heterosexuals are.
Is their argument fair? Is it sensible? Or is it confusing?
- Video: Gay activist denounces same sex marriage He asks, “What is the urgency?”
Marriage has always been between a man and a woman basically for the creation and protection of children. That was the whole point of a marriage ceremony–children, not love. If it weren’t for children, there would be no need for the institution of marriage at all.
As it turned out, older women past their child-bearing years who found a man they wanted to spend their lives with got married because it was the cultural norm. It was because a man and woman living together “in sin” was frowned upon and/or even snickered at. Not so with two men or two women who chose to live together as roommates.
But now in 21st century America, it’s the marriage issue that is becoming muddled and unraveled. What is the purpose of referring to a gay union as a traditional marriage? Why not call it something else since it is something else? What is the hang-up—the desire to be part of tradition? A desire to be equal, but different?
Cardinal Dolan: Jesus died on cross for all people, but marriage is between a man and a woman
Speaking this Easter in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Cardinal Timothy Dolan cautioned that the church needs to make sure that it defends traditional marriage without making it an attack on those who happen to be gay. He explained,
“Jesus died on the cross for them as much as he did for me. … Sometimes we’re not as successful or as effective as we can be in translating that warm embrace into also teaching what God has told us about the way He wants us .. to live….
“I admit, we haven’t been too good at that. We try our darnedest to make sure we’re not anti-anybody. We’re in the defense of what God has taught us about – about marriage. And it’s one man, one woman, forever, to bring about new life…..”
He simply wanted to make it clear that being against gay marriage is not the same thing as being against people who are gay.
- abc news
- Washington Times
- Retired Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick said instead of marriage, he prefers civil unions for gay couples that confer the same rights as marriage.
- Marriage is what it is by Matt Barber
- Five reasons to oppose gay marriage
- Gays and lesbians who oppose same sex marriage
- Poll finds U.S. warming to gay marriage