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Transcript of Gay Marriage
Homosexuality: based on or showing attraction to people of the same sex
Marriage: the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law
Gay Marriage: (same-sex marriage) the union between two people of the same sex
Why Be Against Gay Marriage?
Catholic View -Divine Revelation
Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."
"142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition."
You are a grown, married adult with an only son. At dinner, your son builds up the courage to tell you and your husband that he is gay. He has a non-Catholic boyfriend whom he feels passionate about and intends on proposing to him soon. You love your son with your whole heart for he is your only child, but you and your husband are devout Catholics. What should you do?
By Lauren Ramos and Gabby DeGuzman
Did You Know?
As of January 6, 2014, gay marriage has been legalized in the following 17 states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Maine, Maryland, California, Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Jersey, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Illinois.
weakens the institution of marriage
marriages of minors
marriages to inanimate objects
undermines the role of mother and father
children born without both a mother and father
do not experience both parents' roles
Homosexual v. Homosexual Acts
Church loves everyone
Accepts homosexual tendencies and feelings
Teaches compassion and sensitivity
Homosexuality is accepted, Homosexual acts are not
There are explanations and reasons to believe gay marriage is immoral without using religion as one of them.
Mark 10: 6-9
6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
1 Corinthians 6: 9-10
9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
2335 Each of the two sexes is an image of the power and tenderness of God, with equal dignity though in a different way. The union of man and woman in marriage is a way of imitating in the flesh the Creator's generosity and fecundity: "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh."121 All human generations proceed from this union.
Declaration of the Pontifical Council for the Family regarding the Resolution of the European Parliament
"This Resolution represents a grave and repeated attack on the family based on marriage, a union of love and life between a man and a woman from which life naturally springs. Every society is solidly based on this marital union because it is a necessary value. To deny this fundamental and elementary anthropological truth would lead to the destruction of the fabric of society."
As a mother, you want your child to live a Catholic lifestyle just as you do. You want what is best for him. You would tell your son to take a few days to think about what would truly make him and God happy. After those couple days pass, you would have a heart-to-heart conversation with him, and tell him that if he really loves his partner, he would do what is best for him in order for them both to live a life of chastity and go to heaven.
Suggests that men and women are interchangeable
Separates children from one of their parents
Isolates marriage from its procreative purpose
Children hunger for their biological parents
same-sex couples should be allowed to celebrate their commitment
marriage is a privilege, not a right; God created marriage & it cannot be changed
Ruth Institute's "77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage"
" 8. Each member of the same-sex couple may be a fine parent. But two mothers do not add up to a father."
" 29. Men and women are not interchangeable. Same sex marriage makes an implicit statement that mothers and fathers are interchangeable, and that sex is irrelevant to parenting."
Family Research Council's "Ten Arguments From Social Science Against Same-Sex Marriage"
"Homosexual couples using in vitro fertilization (IVF) or surrogate mothers deliberately create a class of children who will live apart from their mother or father. Yale Child Study Center psychiatrist Kyle Pruett reports that children of IVF often ask their single or lesbian mothers about their fathers."
"Traditionally, marriage and procreation have been tightly connected to one another. Indeed, from a sociological perspective, the primary purpose that marriage serves is to secure a mother and father for each child who is born into a society. Now, however, many Westerners see marriage in primarily emotional terms. Same-sex marriage would only further undercut the procreative norm long associated with marriage"
infertile couples can marry without having kids so why can't gays?
one who is infertile cannot have kids naturally; the Church also doesn't allow impotent couples to marry
adoption rates increase when gay marriage is legalized
it always denies a child either a mother or a father
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
Marriage has been...
If we take one of these elements away, it can lead to another "slippery slope" of accepting the elimination of other elements from marriage.