Posts tagged ‘preserve the union’
A new morality is being created and fobbed off on the American people, complete with “enforcers” to “stigmatize” good people who disagree. – National Organization for Marriage
Roughly 3 percent of the population is homosexual, only a small fraction of which has any interest in marriage. Clearly, something else is driving the “gay marriage” movement.
The promotion and protection of marriage — the union of one man and one woman as husband and wife — is a matter of the common good and serves the well-being of the couple, of children, of civil society, and all people. The meaning and value of marriage precede and transcend any particular society, government, or religious community. It is a universal good and the foundational institution of all societies. It is bound up with the nature of the human person as male and female, and with the essential task of bearing and nurturing children. – U.S. Religious Leaders
From the beginning, the targets of the sexual revolution were the Family and the Church. Once these two institutions are perverted and destroyed, there will be nothing to shield the individual from the State.
In the article, we argue that as a moral reality, marriage is the union of a man and a woman who make a permanent and exclusive commitment to each other of the type that is naturally fulfilled by bearing and rearing children together, and renewed by acts that constitute the behavioral part of the process of reproduction. We further argue that there are decisive principled as well as prudential reasons for the state to enshrine this understanding of marriage in its positive law, and to resist the call to recognize as marriages the sexual unions of same-sex partners.
Besides making this positive argument for our position and raising several objections to the view that same-sex unions should be recognized, we address what we consider the strongest philosophical objections to our view of the nature of marriage, as well as more pragmatic concerns about the point or consequences of implementing it as a policy. – Sherif Girgis, Robert George, and Ryan T. Anderson, “What is Marriage?”
It’s amazing that any of this has to be said. The world’s gone mad.
[T]o the extent that one is in the grip of sexual-liberationist ideology, one will find no reason of moral principle why people oughtn’t to engage in sexual relations prior to marriage, cohabit in non-marital sexual partnerships, form same-sex sexual partnerships, or confine their sexual partnerships to two persons, rather than three or more in polyamorous sexual ensembles. Moreover, one will come to regard one’s allegiance to sexual liberalism as a mark of urbanity and sophistication, and will likely find oneself looking down on those “ignorant,” “intolerant,” “bigoted” people – those hicks and rubes – who refuse to get “on the right side of history.” – Robert George
Ah yes, the insufferable sanctimony of useful idiots! Stupid people will say or do almost anything to be flattered.
I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country. – Barack Hussein Obama
Homosexuals have, and have always had, “the same legal rights” as normal Americans. They can, and always could, get married. Marriage, however, is the union of one man and one woman. So, a homosexual who wants to marry must marry someone of the opposite sex. No law prevents this.
Normal Americans must reject the gay lobby’s dishonest assertion that homosexuals cannot get married. It’s a lie, like everything else they say and do.
Protecting the definition of marriage is not merely permissible, but actually necessary as a matter of justice. Having laws that affirm the vital importance of mothers and fathers—laws that reinforce, rather than undermine, the ideal that children should be raised by their own mother and father—is essential for any just society. Those laws serve not only the good of the spouses and their children, but the common good. Those laws are now under relentless attack. If we forget the meaning of marriage, we forget what it means to be a human person, what it means to be a man or a woman. – Timothy Dolan
For more than three decades, the American Christian Church has participated fully and completely in the institution of no-fault divorce. Sacred bonds formed before God — bonds that take two to form and two to live — can be severed at the whim of one. Even worse, they’re often severed even when Christian spouses are living fully immersed in the church culture. – David French
I remember once, years ago, a sister of mine commenting that the kids in our family would all have been better off if our parents had gotten divorced. That theirs was not a model marriage was indisputable, that they themselves might have been better off divorced was arguable, that they should never have married each other in the first place seemed obvious, but that we, their children, would have benefitted from the termination of their union — that I could not accept. During my extended bachelorhood, I had occasion to date several women from broken homes, and every one of them, lovely though they were, bore the psychic scars. My siblings and I may not have known the joy of having happy parents, but our sorrows were as nothing compared to the broken heart of a child whose mother or father simply isn’t there. – F.R. Duplantier
A Call of Christian Conscience
Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.
We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:
- the sanctity of human life
- the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
- the rights of conscience and religious liberty.
Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.