Saturday, July 23, 2011

Same Sex Marriage Legal in New York

There is some wonderful commentary at National Review Online. Here are some snippets:
What has been gained by the forces behind this act?
Certainly not marriage for same-sex couples.

They have gained a name, but not the thing it names. They have only destroyed a word’s meaning.
And they have harmed the thing it does name, by teaching — one of the things the law does — that marriage has no connection to children and families, but instead is just a bundle of privileges from the government, to be taken up if it is in one’s self-interest.

New York has struck a great blow, in the name of a false “right,” against real freedom. Same-sex marriage is inseparable from authoritarianism, as we will see when New York’s Christians, Jews, and Muslims lose the religious freedom to act on the truth about marriage as they know it.

Matthew J. Franck (director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey)
Same-sex marriage comes to New York on Sunday. Whom will it impact other than the couples involved? The answer is: almost everyone.
The New York legislature did not create a category of marriage called “gay marriage,” but instead redefined marriage for everyone. That means that anyone who doesn’t go along with this new politically inspired understanding of the historic institution of marriage will be treated under the law as the equivalent of a racist.
Already, town clerks with deeply held religious beliefs about marriage have been told they will be fired if they refuse to sanction gay marriages. Some have already been forced to quit. We know from the experience in other states that professionals with strongly held moral beliefs about marriage will be threatened with loss of their professional licenses — and thus their livelihood — if they resist. Christian counselors will be put out of business unless they violate their religious principles and condone gay marriage. Wedding professionals who don’t want to be involved in gay weddings will be sanctioned.
Most troubling, children as young as kindergartners will be taught in school that gay marriage is the same as traditional marriage — and parents will be powerless to do anything about it.
In short, the consequences to society will be profound.
But this is far from over. People all across the state are rallying to restore marriage by putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot. Thousands are attending marches throughout the state on Sunday, and volunteering in droves at We are determined to let the people of New York have the final say on marriage, just as voters in 31 other states have been able to do.
— Brian S. Brown is president of the National Organization for Marriage.

The sin of impurity looms our society because Christians have become part of the secular cultural norms and look to the government to legislate morality. The truth is, even if government legislate morality, it will not affect our inclinations to commit sin. Laws can't transform or convert hearts, prayers and penance does that! Hence, moral laws will automatically change if hearts are transformed by God
~~ Father Sama, OP 

Same-sex “marriage” is not marriage; it is an exercise in frivolity.  At best, a same-sex union can produce entertainment.

Because there are no children, a same-sex “marriage” protects no one. What same-sex “marriage” does is provide the government’s sanction on a peculiar sexual relationship that tends to be both mentally and physically harmful to the participants.
Citizen Tom


National Review Online
Father Sama, OP
Citizen Tom

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Ugh. God help us.

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