Perhaps the most bizarre argument offered by the anti-gay bigots is the claim that allowing gay people to form legally protected families through marriage is a plot to destroy all families. Unsurprisingly, a high-ranking Vatican official repeated this nonsense recently:
Bishop Jean Laffitte, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, spoke to an audience at the Student Union Hall of St. Mary’s University College in Twickenham on “Marriage and the Family in a Culture of Relativism.”
He warned of a massive, international effort to rewrite social norms in the formerly Christian countries of the West that has resulted in the “extremely rapid extension” of laws “that endanger the very survival of the family.”
He affirmed what many in the pro-family movement have long believed, that the push for “gay marriage” is not coming exclusively from homosexual lobbyists, but from a more sinister international cadre of highly placed secularist social engineers seeking a radical alteration of the foundational ideas of Western Civilization.The “evolution” of these legal and social changes, he said, have become “much more severe and rapid” even in the last three years, “than we could have thought.” Primary among these legal changes, he said, are the creation of legal recognition of unions of the same-sex, that he said are “abusively called marriage.” These have been the result of the growth of “relativism around sexual differentiation” that started only “a few years ago.”
Once again, this empty argument that gay marriage will destroy “family” without doing anything at all to affect any actual families. And why on earth should we pay any attention to what a bunch of priests who are forbidden to form families themselves have to say on this subject?