“Gay Marriage” and the Politically Correct Winds of Change

… It Opens Up All Sorts of Other Social Experiments For Us, Doesn’t It?

The proposal to legalize “same-sex marriage” in the State of Rhode Island is immoral and unnecessary. Despite enormous political pressure, the General Assembly should stand firm, resist the current fashionable trend, and continue to uphold its longstanding commitment to marriage as traditionally defined.
The multiple problems associated with “homosexual marriage” have been explained in this space on many occasions in the past.

Bishop Thomas Tobin

Bishop Thomas Tobin

The proposal to legalize same-sex marriage is an attempt to redefine the institution of marriage as it has existed in every culture from the very beginning of human history. Marriage between a man and a woman was designed by God for two specific purposes: to affirm the complementary roles of males and females in a loving relationship, and to provide a stable foundation for the procreation and raising of children. Homosexual relationships can achieve neither of those goals.

Secondly, homosexual marriage enshrines into civil law immoral activity. The natural law, the Holy Scriptures, and long-standing religious tradition are very consistent in affirming that homosexual activity is sinful, contrary to God’s plan. It should never be encouraged, ratified or “blessed” by the state. It’s important to emphasize once again, however, that while rejecting homosexual activity, the Catholic Church has consistently promoted respect and pastoral care for individuals with same-sex attraction. They are children of God and our brothers and sisters. They are invited to be members of our churches. It is our very concern for their spiritual welfare, however, that motivates our rejection of the homosexual lifestyle and same-sex marriage.

Next, the concept of same-sex marriage is an untested social experiment with unpredictable long-term outcomes. The marriage of man and woman is, and always has been, the fundamental building block of the human family and human culture. One cannot tinker with this societal DNA without risking unknown changes to the structure of our society, especially as it relates to the proper upbringing of children.

Another real problem to consider is that the establishment of same-sex marriage would pose yet another threat to religious freedom. Proponents of same-sex marriage have frequently proclaimed that no religious institution will be obliged to officiate at marriages that are contrary to their beliefs. That may or may not prove to be true. But what is of equal concern, however, is that religious bodies will be obliged to extend their resources, facilities and benefits to individuals who are living in immoral relationships – contrary to sincerely held religious beliefs. This is not a hypothetical situation; it’s already happening throughout our nation.

An additional recent development that argues very strongly against the ratification of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island is that the U.S. Supreme Court has now agreed to hear two cases that will profoundly affect the legal status of marriage in our country. As early as this summer the Supreme Court might rule that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” is constitutional and enforceable; or that states must recognize homosexual unions; or that each state has the right to make its own decision in this matter. In any event, why is Rhode Island spending time and energy on this issue right now when the Supreme Court might make the decision for us? Let’s wait and see what the Supreme Court determines before we engage in this emotionally-charged and divisive battle once again.

A final point. If we are in fact forced to discuss the nature of matrimony in our state, it should be placed before the general public in a referendum. The proposal to redefine marriage as a fundamental structure in our culture is a very serious issue with profound consequences. I suspect that people on both sides of the issue agree with that. On a question of this magnitude, then, the people of this state should decide as they have in many other states. Let us vote!

Some have argued that the “civil rights” of the minority should not be determined by the vote of the majority. I challenge that premise though. What is the source of this so-called “civil right?” Where is the moral or legal “right” to marry a person of the same gender found? It certainly has not been part of the human experience, of human history. Is it simply the personal happiness or fulfillment of individuals, the “right to do whatever I want to do?” If that’s the argument, it opens up all sorts of other social experiments for us, doesn’t it?

It has been said that “the world is changing” and that we need to get with the times. Well, it’s certainly true that the world is changing, but the truth is that not all change is good. It’s never good to accept and promote immoral activity; it’s never good to experiment dangerously with the long-term well-being of the community; it’s never good to impose a politically-correct, socially-fashionable agenda item on the entire community, especially if it challenges the conscience and religious liberty of many, many citizens.

As the General Assembly takes up the question of permitting same sex marriage once again, I urge members of the Diocese of Providence and other concerned citizens to contact their state representatives and senators immediately to encourage them to stand firm; to protect the traditional values of marriage and family and reject same-sex marriage. Dear friends, now is the time to practice your faith and let your voice be heard!

And I urge members of the General Assembly who have in the past defended the institution of marriage – as designed by God and traditionally defined in our society – to do so once again. Be strong in your convictions; don’t be intimidated by the politically correct winds of change. May you have the wisdom to know what is right, and the courage to do it!

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15 comments to “Gay Marriage” and the Politically Correct Winds of Change

  • […] pit themselves firmly against the Catholic Church. Bishop Tobin of Rhode Island offers many reasons Catholics must be opposed to “gay marriage,” including […]

  • […] pit themselves firmly against the Catholic Church. Bishop Tobin of Rhode Island offers many reasons Catholics must be opposed to “gay marriage,” including […]

  • Andy

    You say no to a person that was in a bad marriage. My wife was in such a marriage. I know she is good Catholic. No way he should have stayed married. He walked out on her.

  • Bill

    Many people on this site practice what amounts to idolatry. By that I mean they practically worship the church. Religion is a means to an end, not an end in itself. We should always treat our fellow Man/Woman as believe Christ would treat them. Many good Catholics appear on this site, but unfortunately many of them aren’t very good Christians.

  • Andy

    No where in the Constitution does it mention marriage. It is a state’s call. What really the Church is afraid of is losing control of people. The church can not buy the votes of people in the legislature. If put to a vote by the people they will buy your vote by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV ads. When they could be helping the poor.
    Do not get me going about the Bishops. They live in grand residences and have no connection to the flock. They rule with an iron fist.
    It is true for thousands of years you have been told if we allow this our society will be to pot. Well it hasn’t.

    Edited for charity

  • Bill

    Br, I hope you will prayer for me.

  • Br. Christopher Sale

    Prior to my conversion I was gay. By the grace of God I’m no longer
    gay. Trust me there is absolutely no substance of life in being gay. For
    me it was a endless journey sex, loneliness, drugs and Aids. However
    it was not a choice. My first choice was to be a priest. I gave up that
    dream because I love the church and I wasn’t about to live a double life.
    My second choice was to be married, have beautiful children and a beautiful
    home. That dream was out of the question because it would have destroyed
    innocent lives. I had to accept the fact that I had no control over my sexuality.
    In fact I never knew it was possible to change. I did it with prayer and God’s
    help.The only thing being gay brought me was unhappiness and Aids.
    Here in Los Angeles I minister to men who belong to Courage.These men are
    truly unhappy and are struggling. Pope John Paul said that homosexuals must
    be treated with respect and love. In other words we don’t have to love the sin,
    but we must love the sinner. Even during my years as a gay man I opposed gay
    marriage as I do now. Homosexuals have no right to celebrate their sexuality in
    our church. Gays are certainly welcome, but leave the gay flag at home. Don’t
    bring your parade in my church. You can bash me if you want, but the reality is
    you are bashing the teachings of Our Blessed Lord. Progressive liberal nonsense
    will never open the gates of heaven. Sorry Bill, wrong key!. I will prayer you find your way back into the fold of our faith.

  • Former (Male) "Catholic"

    “Bill”, I love you!!! People… Love doesn’t judge by sex or color. If you do your homework, churches used to tell us that bi-racial marriage was a sin as well. The wool has been pulled over the eyes of our society since before the days of Martin Luther. (NOT MLK Jr.) the catholic church became too powerful and greedy and it still is today. Society’s eyes have been opened over time as people realize that hierarchical systems are full of greed and secrecy in order to control the people. So on and so forth. Listen to what i said and don’t be so quick to discredit me. God bless.

  • Joan

    Homosexual sex is unhealthy. Why would anyone promote it. we have all kinds of warnings about smoking and drinking and drugs. Maybe an alcoholic is born that way. A compassionate,caring person would try to help them remain sober. Not say it is his right to drink himself to death. I wish more Catholic churches would promote the organization Courage. This helps those with same sex attraction to remain chaste and to help them, through the sacraments, to resist their difficult temptation.

  • TG

    We’re not trying to take the place of God. We just believe what Jesus said in the Bible about a man and woman be joined together and making one flesh. Two men joined and two women joined can’t make squat (as Mother Angelica might say). Bill, if you believe God is She, you’re in the wrong website. There’s a lot of new age websites out there.

  • Bill

    I believe some of you folks are trying to take the place of God. How do you people know what She wants?

  • lisag

    Do not allow government to take the place of God in defining who we are as a people. The purpose of gay marriage, of allowing people to decide what sex they are, of two or more parents for a child, and movement to ban free exercise of religion is to break our connection with God. Abortion, euthanasia, and sterilization do this also. It takes God out of life decisions and replaces the government in place of Him.

  • Bill

    Gay marriage is absolutely no threat to traditional marriage.

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