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What’s the Problem with Same-Sex Marriage? (An Honest Look at Homosexual “Marriage”)
Courageous Priest ^ | March 18, 2012 | BISHOP THOMAS J. TOBIN

Posted on 03/18/2012 10:13:27 AM PDT by NYer


Bishop Thomas Tobin's Five Problems with Homosexual “Marriage”

It’s a sure sign of spring, as predictable as the Red Sox at spring training, the swallows returning to Capistrano, and the flowing of green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. I’m referring of course to the public re-appearance of the determined proponents of homosexual marriage.

It seems that each year at this time the left-leaning columnists, the organized advocates, and the lobbyists at the State House awaken from their hibernation to take-up their perennial campaign to redefine marriage in Rhode Island and impose their personal preferences upon the citizenry of our State.

The public debate about same-sex marriage always includes questions like: “What’s the problem with same-sex marriage?” and “How will it affect my life?” Although these questions have been answered repeatedly and clearly in a variety of contexts, including this column, permit me to summarize once again just some of the problems that accompany the proposal to legalize homosexual marriage.

Five Problems with Homosexual “Marriage”

1) The proposal to legalize homosexual marriage is an attempt to redefine the institution of marriage as it has existed from the very beginning of human history. Marriage between a man and woman was designed by God and has two fundamental purposes: It affirms the difference and the complementarity of males and females in a loving relationship, and it provides the foundation for the procreation and raising of children. Marriage thus described has been the fundamental unit, the building block of every human culture and society. Think about it: God created two different genders for a reason – so that males and females could come together, complement one another, procreate, and continue the species.

And be very clear about this – same-sex marriage isn’t about procuring civil rights for beleaguered homosexual persons. The recently adopted civil-unions legislation, as ill-advised as it was, it provided the legal protections activists have been lobbying for, but the opportunity has been widely ignored. Same-sex marriage legislation is about distorting a venerable institution – not about civil rights.

2) Homosexual marriage enshrines into civil law immoral activity. Let me emphasize once again, as I have repeatedly in the past: our opposition to this legislative initiative, to same-sex marriage, should not be construed as an attack on or rejection of individuals with same-sex attraction. Homosexual persons are children of God who possess the same human dignity as every other human being. That affirmation, however, doesn’t mean that their sexual activity needs to be accepted and celebrated.

The natural law, the Holy Scriptures and long-standing religious tradition are very consistent in stating that homosexual activity is immoral, an offense to God, a serious sin. Heterosexual relationships are normative in nature; homosexual relationships are not. The promotion of homosexual marriage is an attempt to rationalize such behavior and to give it the affirmation, the “blessing” of the state. It upgrades private behavior to another level.

3) The concept of same-sex marriage is a social experiment with unpredictable outcomes. Supporters of same-sex marriage often say something like: “Well, they’ve had same-sex marriage in Massachusetts for several years now and the sky hasn’t fallen in.” Well that’s true of course, the sky hasn’t fallen. But the reality of marriage and family life, and its effects upon society, are far more subtle and profound than that shallow assessment would allow. The attempted marriage of homosexual individuals is a significant change in the human landscape; it’s a social experiment, the consequences of which may not be realized for many years to come.

4) The establishment of same-sex marriage will pose yet another threat to religious liberty. This fear been constantly pointed out, and indeed already realized, even before the invasive Obama HHS Contraceptive Mandate was foisted upon us, a development that confirms that the full-frontal assault on religious liberty in our nation is well underway. We’ve already seen that if you oppose same-sex marriage, even for personal or religious principles, you’ll quickly be labeled an intolerant bigot. And while proponents insist that religious communities will not be required to officiate at same-sex ceremonies, there are other impositions upon religious institutions and private citizens that have already been realized. The truth is that the homosexual lobby that seeks tolerance for itself isn’t quite as generous in extending the same courtesy to others.

5) The debate over homosexual marriage will again distract our state leaders from other important issues and will further divide our community. The State of Rhode Island faces enormous challenges, especially in responding to the economic crisis that continues to weigh heavily upon us. The stagnant economy has resulted in a host of complex issues that demand the full attention of our state leaders, issues such as unemployment, pension reform, tax rates, school funding, homelessness, and funding of social services. Other issues such as immigration, casino gambling and voting rights will also be on the docket. Do we really want our representatives to be dragged into the tiresome controversy over homosexual marriage yet again? The general public will continue to be divided over this emotional issue with accusations and angry rhetoric sure to follow. Do we need that again, here and now?

So . . . there are several critical problems that arise with the promotion of homosexual marriage. Proponents have already argued that momentum is on their side, and since a few other states recently approved the marriage of homosexual persons, we should do the same. Well, Rhode Island has a long history of being independent, and the fact that other states have adopted this ill-advised social experiment doesn’t sway me at all.

Please be assured, dear readers, that if the debate over same-sex marriage finds its way to the State House once again, the Diocese of Providence, joined by its allies in our community, will be fully engaged in the battle. We will work hard and pray hard for the defeat of this immoral, misguided proposal that erodes the foundation of our society and offends the moral values we cherish.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: civilunions; gaymarriage; hell; homosexualagenda; homosexuals; lesbians; moralabsolutes; notchristian; willanddisgrace

1 posted on 03/18/2012 10:13:31 AM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 03/18/2012 10:14:03 AM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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To: NYer

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3 posted on 03/18/2012 10:19:32 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Mit brennender Sorge)
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To: NYer

The Cardinal is right. This is not Alice in Wonderland where words mean what we want them to mean.


4 posted on 03/18/2012 10:28:04 AM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: ex-snook

OK Bishop


5 posted on 03/18/2012 10:29:48 AM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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Thanks NYer.


6 posted on 03/18/2012 10:36:17 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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7 posted on 03/18/2012 10:40:09 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: NYer

“The proposal to legalize homosexual marriage is an attempt to redefine the institution of marriage as it has existed from the very beginning of human history.

It was always a danger, at least in the modern era, as the state’s definition of marriage is simply what judges, pols, or the majority think it can be at any one time. That works fine, up until the state’s definition departs from the actual definition, and society has become conditioned to letting the state determine what a marriage can or can’t be and when it can be ended and resumed.

“Now, since the family and human society at large spring from marriage, these men will on no account allow matrimony to be the subject of the jurisdiction of the Church. Nay, they endeavor to deprive it of all holiness, and so bring it within the contracted sphere of those rights which, having been instituted by man, are ruled and administered by the civil jurisprudence of the community. Wherefore it necessarily follows that they attribute all power over marriage to civil rulers, and allow none whatever to the Church; and, when the Church exercises any such power, they think that she acts either by favor of the civil authority or to its injury. Now is the time, they say, for the heads of the State to vindicate their rights unflinchingly, and to do their best to settle all that relates to marriage according as to them seems good.”

—Pope Leo XIII about a hundred and thirty years ago.

Freegards


8 posted on 03/18/2012 10:41:23 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: NYer

More like ... what’s not ...


9 posted on 03/18/2012 10:42:31 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: NYer
NUTS AND BOLTS, PROPER CONNECTION
10 posted on 03/18/2012 11:01:24 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: ex-snook

“...Alice in Wonderland where words mean what we want them to mean ...”

So true!! My daughter (14)is the Duchess at the Steamer#10 Theater in Albany - a very fun eclectic theater - almost a black box (off off Broadway type theater space) - transformed from a Victorian era brick firehouse.

One of the Duchess’s best lines is “Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.”


11 posted on 03/18/2012 11:02:19 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: NYer

God wants bodies for souls and homosexuals are only in it for the sex, not procreation.


12 posted on 03/18/2012 11:32:53 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: NYer

He who controls the meaning of words controls the outcome of the debate.

God defines marriage, not the State. God defines marriage as excluding people of the same sex. God states in many places and in many ways that those who engage in homosexual activity cannot be given the conditional but free gift of eternal life. They will perish for all eternity.

Now a State is a secular entity. It will approve of whatever pleases the officials who control it. The problem then become when the State recognizes a form of legal union that God states is illegitimate, and when the State attempts to force people such as myself to treat homosexuals as if they are legitimately married.

The State will insist, as it does today, on teaching your own children in public school that homosexuality is “normal” and that homosexuals have just as much right to “marry” as anyone else does. In fact your child’s teacher may be in such a “marriage”, and take any objection to that relationship quite personally.

The State will insist that employers treat people in such “marriages” just as people who are married as God defines it.

This is going to lead to tyranny and intrusion in personal religious liberty like never before.


13 posted on 03/18/2012 11:32:53 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: NYer

Strangely, the bishop left out one important wrong: that homosexual marriage gives homosexual couples the same opportunity for adoption of children as heterosexual couples have. This exposes adoption agencies to systematic violation of conscience of people working for them, — that the bishop did mention — but the primary victims of the arrangement would be children raised by homosexual parents when a normal family would have been available.


14 posted on 03/18/2012 11:51:17 AM PDT by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: FrankR

LOL!

So right in so few words


15 posted on 03/18/2012 11:57:16 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: NYer
.....same-sex marriage isn’t about procuring civil rights for beleaguered homosexual persons...... Same-sex marriage legislation is about distorting a venerable institution – not about civil rights.

Crux of the matter nailed head on.

16 posted on 03/18/2012 12:13:23 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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...same-sex marriage isn’t about procuring civil rights for beleaguered homosexual persons. The recently adopted civil-unions legislation, as ill-advised as it was, it provided the legal protections activists have been lobbying for, but the opportunity has been widely ignored.

Civil unions are just a trojan horse! They had them in New Hampshire,Vermont,and California.....then the gays decided that all the rights of marriage without the word "marriage" created a second class citizen status! Civil unions should NEVER have been granted to them in the first place!

17 posted on 03/18/2012 12:13:56 PM PDT by massmike (Massachusetts: If they had just kept hanging witches a bit longer...........)
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To: NYer

All true, but simply stated, it’s nonsensical! It has no meaning.


18 posted on 03/18/2012 12:16:38 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: FrankR

Just because one desires to make something legit doesn’t mean that it ever will be. Example, the battery in your auto has a negative and positive pole for the charged ions to flow one to another creating current. Can a battery be made with only 2 positive or 2 negative poles? No way... you can call a gay union ‘marriage’ but it NEVER can be for its impossible by physical design. This is not strictly a religious principle but also a scientific one.


19 posted on 03/18/2012 12:20:48 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: annalex

Plus if the definition and description of marriage can be changed once then it can be open for additional changes and abberations. Once that pandora’s box of marriage definition is opened expect variations of multiple perversions to continually ‘evolve’....


20 posted on 03/18/2012 12:32:38 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: NYer; Chode

Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt


21 posted on 03/18/2012 5:36:54 PM PDT by Morgana (I only come here to see what happens next. It normally does.)
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To: Morgana
and women...
22 posted on 03/18/2012 5:53:53 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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And while proponents insist that religious communities will not be required to officiate at same-sex ceremonies

Oh ya, sure, right, just like religious communities aren't required by them to do other things that violate their beliefs such as have contraceptives in their insurance policies. Anyone who thinks that religious communities, if they get their way, won't be required to perform same-sex ceremonies, I gotta a nice little bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you, too.

23 posted on 03/18/2012 7:44:29 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: tflabo
Example, the battery in your auto has a negative and positive pole for the charged ions to flow one to another creating current. Can a battery be made with only 2 positive or 2 negative poles? No way...

Good analogy!

24 posted on 03/18/2012 7:47:49 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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