Marriage and Same Sex Unions

Any Nation making a ruling on same sex marriage has forgotten the law of God. They have lost their moral compass. God set the moral compass long ago in the Word of God. It is not the job of man to set the new moral law for the nation. The marriage of a man to a woman is the law of God, established in the book of Genesis. No court on earth has the power to change that law.

Marriage, as both a natural institution and a sacred union, is in God's plan for creation which happened over 6000 years ago. With that being said, a marriage existing only between a man and a woman is deeply rooted into the human spirit. The Christian teaching on marriage expresses a truth, therefore, that can be perceived first and foremost by human reason.

Why can marriage exist only between a man and a woman?
The natural structure of human sexuality makes man and woman complementary partners for expressing conjugal love and transmitting human life. Only a union of male and female can express the sexual pairing willed by God for marriage. This unique pairing makes possible the conjugal bond that is the core of marriage. In Proverbs 18:22 it states: ¶ Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD. Marriage is not something we invent or change to suit our own fleshly desires.

Why is a same-sex union not equivalent to a marriage?
A same-sex union contradicts the nature and purposes of marriage. It is not based on the natural pairing of male and female. It cannot achieve the natural purpose of sexual union, that is, to cooperate with God to create new life. Because persons in a same-sex union cannot enter into a true conjugal union, it is wrong to equate their relationship to a marriage.

What unique contributions does marriage between a man and woman make to society?
Marriage is the fundamental pattern for male- female relationships. It contributes to society because it models the way in which women and men live interdependently and commit to seek the good of each other. The marital union also provides the best conditions for raising children: namely, the stable, loving relationship of a mother and father present only in marriage. This type of union makes a unique and essential contribution to the common good.

If people of the same sex love and care for each other, why shouldn't they be allowed to marry?
Love and commitment are key ingredients of marriage. However the other purpose is the procreation of children. There is a fundamental difference between marriage, which has the potential to bring forth children, and other relationships. Marriage between a man and a woman will usually result in children. This remains a powerful human reality, even if every marriage does not bring forth children. This makes marriage between a man and a woman a unique institution.

What difference would it make to married couples if same sex partners are allowed to marry?
We need to answer this question not simply as individuals, but as members of society, called to work for the common good. If same sex marriage were legalized, the result would be a significant change in our society. We would be saying that the primary purpose of marriage is to validate and protect a sexually intimate relationship. All else would be secondary. Marriage would no longer symbolize society’s commitment to the future: our children. Rather, marriage would symbolize a commitment to the present needs and desires of adults.

Isn’t Christians discriminating against homosexual persons by opposing same sex unions?
No. Christians must give witness to the whole truth and, therefore, oppose as immoral both homosexual acts and unjust discrimination against homosexual persons.
It is not unjust to deny legal status to same-sex unions because marriage and same-sex unions are essentially different realities. In fact, justice requires society recognize this difference.
The legal recognition of marriage, including benefits associated with it, is not only about personal commitment, but also about the social commitment that husband and wife make to the well-being of society. It would be wrong to redefine marriage for the sake of providing benefits to those who cannot rightfully enter into marriage. It should be noted that some benefits currently sought by persons in homosexual unions can already be obtained without regard to marital status. For example, individuals can agree to own property jointly, and they can generally designate anyone they choose to be a beneficiary of their will or to make health care decisions in case they become incompetent.

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