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What’s the Problem with Same-Sex Marriage?

How Will It Affect My life?
An Honest Look at Homosexual “Marriage.”

BY BISHOP THOMAS J. TOBIN: The Rhode Island Catholic

BISHOP THOMAS J. TOBIN

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.

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8 comments to What’s the Problem with Same-Sex Marriage?

  • Homosexuality is a condition of sin which is manipulated and infused by satan. He uses the media, and the secular movement to impose this sad behavior which violates the Tecahings and principals of our Lord. Love the sinner but hate the sin should be our supporting structure. Encourage convergence behavior modification backed up with time in spiritual prayer, Mass, and a support group. The Sinner will be attacked by Satan as he works out his salvation. Church support is critical and the family should work in recovery with the sinner together in love. Homosexuality can be cured.

  • MaryRNretired

    LOVING AND MERCIFUL GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR CHILDREN LED ASTRAY BY EVIL FORCES AND FALLEN ANGELS WHERE GOOD HAS BECOME EVIL AND EVIL GOOD!
    HOLY SPIRIT LEAD AND GUIDE US IN SAFETY FROM THEM WHO ONLY SEEK OUR SUFFERING AND DESTRUCTION OF YOUR PRECIOUS LIFE AND THE FAMILY, ALL THAT IS SACRED ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL AND CREATION!
    HELP US RESTORE, BRING “ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN” AS YOU HAVE TAUGHT US TO PRAY……..
    PROTECTED FROM THE ATTRACTION AND DISTRACTION OF WEALTH, PLEASURE, POWER AND HONOR……..
    MAY YOURS BE THE GLORY AND OUR SALVATION!
    MOST GRACIOUSLY HEAR OUR PRAYER!
    AMEN!
    Mary RN retired in Iowa

  • Pete

    I believe you miss an important aspect of marriage (in my humble opinion!), which is disease. The function of marriage is fundamental in a society, especially a small and weak one. Avoiding the spread of disease while continuing to have enough children is essential for the survival of such a society and can only be accomplished by the following method:

    – Do not have sex before you get married.
    – Once married, have many children and raise them well – this is in your own best interests as you age but also provides more people to develop the society further.
    – Stay married, it continues to stop the spreading of disease, provides stability for your children and provides a partner to help during old age.

    A small and weak society would not be able to tolerate the breaking of these rules, it could impact the well being of all. If not followed it could lead to their extinction.

    For me it is as much about disease as it is having children, it’s both together. Traditional marriage (per my definition) is the only “model” to achieve these goals, it is the perfect “mold”. Anything outside this context should not be considered marriage. The fact is penicillin changed our thinking among heterosexuals. No longer were bacteria based STD’s, which was often considered a death sentence throughout history, a problem – take a pill and the problem “goes away”. So our perspective of “sexual morality” changed, as this became pervasive in our culture we witnessed the 60’s, 70’s, etc. where casual sexual behavior become tolerated (if not accepted as normal). Today, we see pop culture preaching that “sleeping around” is no longer immoral, that it is in fact proof of “liberation” and a more evolved, more “open minded” way of thinking. So I ask a serious question, given what society has already accepted regarding moral standards, on what basis can we really deny “gay marriage”? It is only a natural extension of our shallow understanding of why we have marriage in the first place. It is about far more than “two people in love”, which is what it has been reduced to mean in our culture. If this is the common viewpoint of what marriage is, then it the demand for “gay marriage” shouldn’t surprise us.

    Unfortunately, in such a technologically oriented society, where disease can be cured and where young people are expected to get higher levels of education, it isn’t realistic to expect them from refraining from casual sex – that they should wait until their mid-twenties. If the opinion is that such a lifestyle is acceptable and that marriage is now reduced to just “two people in love”, then I’m not sure we can have a defense against gay marriage. I believe we must fight this misguided view of what marriage is and why we have it….not just children, but disease. Outside of this traditional marriage context, you might as well be able to “marry” numerous people – but that wouldn’t solve the disease issue, and is therefore *not* marriage.

  • “Homosexual marriage enshrines into civil law immoral activity”

    All for the purpose of depopulating the world (bottom line)…..enticing those who lust after sex to partake in abnormal, immoral sexual activity to satisfy ones appetite without the bother of abortion resulting from pregnancy…..This is a means to reduce the population to 500,000 by any evil means necessary. We are dealing with extremely evil people at the top and behind the scenes. Pray that Our Lord, who is always in control, will remove the evildoers from high places and foil the wicked plans of evil hearted men.

    In Christ,
    Jackie

  • CHARLIE BORG (@CHARLIEBORG1)

    I LEFT A COMMENT, WHAT HAPPENED TO IT. IT’S USELESS TO WRITE IF YOU DON’T BRING IT FORWARD. WHY SHOULD I COMMENT ANYMORE IN FUTURE?

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    Sorry about the issue. I checked and the only comment from you was on 1-18-2012. Please forgive us for any issues this may have caused.

    God bless,
    John Quinn

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