Okay, not really. But as Alex Ross points out, the pope’s Christmas homily about the importance of the family unwittingly makes a powerful argument in favor of marriage equality — which is what always happens when people begin waxing eloquent about how wonderful marriage is for the people involved. The pope said:
…The question of the family is not just about a particular social construct, but about man himself—about what he is and what it takes to be authentically human. The challenges involved are manifold. First of all there is the question of the human capacity to make a commitment or to avoid commitment. Can one bind oneself for a lifetime? Does this correspond to man’s nature? Does it not contradict his freedom and the scope of his self-realization? Does man become himself by living for himself alone and only entering into relationships with others when he can break them off again at any time? Is lifelong commitment antithetical to freedom? Is commitment also worth suffering for? Man’s refusal to make any commitment—which is becoming increasingly widespread as a result of a false understanding of freedom and self-realization as well as the desire to escape suffering—means that man remains closed in on himself and keeps his “I” ultimately for himself, without really rising above it. Yet only in self-giving does man find himself, and only by opening himself to the other, to others, to children, to the family, only by letting himself be changed through suffering, does he discover the breadth of his humanity.
The inevitable and obvious question: why doesn’t this apply to gay people? If making lifelong commitments is so profoundly good for us as individuals and for humanity in general, why does this magically not apply to gay people who want to make such a commitment? Because this is all a bunch of bullshit, a pretext for bigotry and discrimination.
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